It's March 5th, and we can't believe that there are only 15 days until spring! Yep, the first day of spring is March 20th, so that means spring is around the corner. Which means... it's time to start your Hatch chile seeds, hot pepper seeds, and sweet pepper seeds!
Pepper Seeds Take Time to Germinate:
Starting peppers from seed takes a little longer than most other vegetables, as pepper seeds take anywhere from 7-14 days, however hot peppers can take as long as a month or more to sprout! So starting early will ensure your pepper seeds hatch in time to grow into nice plants for transplanting outside. Don't forget, peppers DO NOT tolerate any kind of frost, so make sure to plant outdoors well after any chance of frost is expected. We usually recommending that it's at least 60˚ out at night regularly before planting outdoors as cool weather stunts the growth of peppers.
Did you know there are a couple peppers that like cooler weather?
While they still can't tolerate frost, these peppers actually like temperatures between 45˚ and 60˚ F. They're perfect for growing peppers in the mountains or in cooler areas. They can also be grown in partial shade in hotter areas! Learn more about these cold-tolerant peppers »
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