Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 1, 2021 14:42:17 GMT -5
Overnight, I soaked some of my pepper seeds in a saltpeter solution, and today I planted them in vermiculite, to sprout them. There's "only" 12, but 2 of them - Superchili and Jalafuego - I'm planting later, when I plant the tomatoes, since they grow faster, and I end up plucking the flower buds from them every year, before transplanting them. And my chinense varieties I started a while back, since they sprout and grow slower. Pepper seeds, soaked in saltpeter solution, ready to plant. 4-1 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 1, 2021 17:52:36 GMT -5
Mumsey If you have a colder place you can put them in, that will slow them down,since peppers love heat! My tomatoes grew way too fast the last few seasons, as the seed room was was very warm in April - the reason that I am starting them a little later this year.
Post by centralilrookie on Apr 1, 2021 20:51:09 GMT -5
Ok folks I’m looking for advice..... my germination rate for tomatoes and peppers was great but it seems I’m losing a few. They began sprouting last Saturday on heat mats with the plastic covers. Now the florescent lights are on them about 3” above the plant’s. I read somewhere not to over water but I’m now questioning my interpretation of that. Also I’ve removed the heat mats. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.......
Once the seeds have germinated, I like to remove the cover. Make sure the growing container has good drainage. Water from the bottom. I like a small fan in the room, not directed at the plants. I aim to keep the growing medium moist, but the surface dry. By doing this, I’ve pretty much eliminated damping off.
You didn’t say what your plants are suffering.
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Post by centralilrookie on Apr 1, 2021 21:30:08 GMT -5
binnylou, I’m not really sure what to call the problem but the sprouts got a couple inches tall and fell over dead. The flats have 48 spaces in them and fill up the trays. Maybe if I take out a couple of the now unoccupied flats I would have a better chance of watering from the bottom.......
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 1, 2021 21:31:42 GMT -5
I keep the trays covered, until I see a seedling pop up, then remove it. I water with a quart sized condiment container at first, adding water if it seems dry on tops of any, but stop watering as soon as the plants pop up, figuring even if it dries out near the top, those tap roots grow fast, and it takes a long time to dry out a pot, until the plants have a lot of leaves. After they all have plants, and growing well, I water from the bottom. I always sterilize the seed mix by heating briefly in the oven, in one of those foil turkey pans, cool, and add a little mycorrhizae powder, which might help against the damping off.