Discussion in 'Seed Starting / Propagation' started by bsewnsew, Feb 12, 2008.
Are any of you germinating Pepper seeds ??
Like some ideas on how you do your..
Thanks in advance.
I will be germinating pepper seeds this year, but not just yet.
You see, I won't have the glass back in the greenhouse until april 1st. So I will probably germinate them a coupla weeks before that.
I always germinate the pepper seeds in a covered box with heat under it. Peppers like the heat, and heat also helps stimulate in root development.
Another thing that I use with some plants is EM, which helps the plantlet to develop a big root ball.
The more roots a plant has, the more nutrition it can take-up...which means more fruits.
I germinate sweet as well as hot peppers the same way.
What is EM?
I had some germinate for the fist time last year.
I installed a heating cable an put the seeds on there. Both sweet and hot.
We only eat sweet and give away the hot.....
Think I will hunt new seed this time.. SOmeone says it isnt a good idea to use the ones folks give me.
The hot ones got smaller each year .
Thanks ......what procedure do you use? Lay them on top or bury them ??
I have several pepper plants growing already. I start them in damp paper towel in a warm place, then plant them in flats under lights in my big window. I find peppers can be started quite early. They do not grow at the speed of tomatoes, so I can bring them along over a longer period of time.
Since window & light space is at a premium, I then know that I am planting only sprouted seed in the flats--this avoids to many empty cells.
Peppers are very friendly plants to keep in the window a long time.
Go for it!
i planted 5 hot pepper seeds, a few weeks ago, all have come up and have their first set of leaves and looks so healthy and nice. i have mine on a heated board in the window an just plan to let them there until the sun gets hot enough to heat that area with out the board.
Well I just place them on top of the soil, then cover them with a very thin layer of vermiculite...and if I'm out of vermiculite, then very fine seeding soil.
Lots of folks germinate them in wet paper towels. I have done that as well, it works really well, like Robin says.
As for the EM, it is something that I use on some plants. It stands for "Effective Micro-organisms".
Take a look here: http://www.volkstuindersvereniginghoorn ... age18.html
Just scroll down to the second article. It's interesting stuff and I ran a little trial on it to see if it really worked. I was pleased (and surprised) at the results.
Some farmers here use it.
We use the hot and the sweet peppers. I have a string of hot ones hanging up drying. It will be time to process them soon.
I get my seeds from the supermarket. --I go in and but the largest two red, pointy peppers that I can find, the same for the bell-shaped ones, and that is what I dry and plant. I have bought them in seed packs from T&M, but have always had such good success with these from the market that I just use those now.
If you want some from last year, say the word.
Sjoerd thats what i buy too,, the long red sweet pointy peppers from the store, an use those seeds,, infact the peppers come from the nederlands,,, says so on the package,,lol... geeez they are so good. I think they call them Romano Red Peppers,, i have great success with those. grows everytime.
Wow! What a surprize! Well, I do not know the type, but they are delicious. We use them in so many meals. I prefer the pointy ones too.
We stuff the big round ones with a savoury filling. MMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....
Say it's lunchtime, isn't it?
Gees thanks everyone......
I was amazed so many of you did them.
Now I have to go get some a the store,, cause the reruns get smaller an smaller..
I think I will try my heating cable and paper towels and read the title sjoe gave me.
How do you dry them and what do you do after they dry? Grind them?? I never did that yet.......
Glad we met you .
Thanks all .
I'm glad I met you as well, but you knew that already. heh heh heh.
Anyway...The way I dry and process them is pretty basic:
--I bring them in, and run a needle and thread through the stem where it was plucked off the plant and I hand the string of peppers up highish, because that's where the air is warmest and dryest. If there is a spare window, I hang them there...but I have draped them all over the house. Ach... they are red and attractive. The guests don't minnd them....I don't think.
I just add to the string full every time that I harvest some.
--When ALL of the peppers are well and truly crispy dry...I take them down for processing.
I break them open and remove the seeds. (True pepper lovers keep do not do this step...but they no doubt enjoy injuring their mouths). heh heh heh.
Once the seeds have been removed, then I crush the skins and place them in a blender and grind them well, until the ground peppers are tiny little flakes.
--I put these in an air-tight container and use them through out the year.
Sometimes, I put the flakes or even larger pieces into a container with olive oil.
With and sometimes without garlic.
Small amounts of that "oil" is then used to flavour certain spicy dishes that we like.
Here are a couple of pics:
Now that is adorable, worth while, and a money saver.
Now you can only do that with the hot pepper?
How long does it take to dry those?
YOur a real smart cookie.......They look so nice there.
Maybe I can hang some rainbow peppers ..
thanks I love the photos .......
Gees the ideas your showing us.
Well Barb, I reckon those have been hanging since July or August...I would have to look in the little black book, so that would be going on 6 months.
But of course, the peppers were picked all through the summer and early fall.
The last ones were picked at the end of October.
I have only done this with hot peppers and herbs. I believe that the Spanish and possibly the Mexicans may also dry particular types of sweet peppers. I am not sure.
Is there any law against doing any other kinds/
Ha ha ha ha....
I showed that photo to my husband and asked him.
He said the others probably hold too much water.
I am going to look that up ..Somehow it seems to me, I planted chyenne peppers and tried to grind them.
I know your a genius......
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