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Can you grow habanero peppers from seeds?

Can you grow habanero peppers from seeds?

Yes, any gardener can grow habanero peppers from seeds!

Habanero peppers are easily grown from seed, but there are a few tips that will help you germinate the seeds and grow productive Habanero plants:

 
Habanero Seeds

1. Use Fresh Habanero Seeds
Use the freshest seeds possible for the best germination. Seeds can typically last 2-5 years (but can be good for up to 25+ years if stored perfectly in dry, cool conditions). If your seeds are a little older, you can just expect that they may not germinate as quickly or as successfully as new seeds. Did you know that there are several different variety of Habanero seeds you can grow in your garden including orange, red, chocolate and even a no-heat Habanero?

 Habanero Seeds - Chocolate

2. Keep Habanero Seeds warm!
Warm temperatures between 80-90˚ F is best for germinating Habanero seeds. We like to use a seedling heat mat to keep them warm and toasty for the fastest germination. Once they sprout, you can keep them growing indoors at 60-70˚ temperatures until ready to bring them outdoors.

Grow Habanero Seeds

3. Start Habanero seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. 
Habanero pepper plants like warm weather, so keeping them indoors until the weather has warmed up to 60-70˚ F consistently at night is important. If you plant them in under 50˚ F temperatures outdoors, their growth will be stunted.

Habanero Seeds - Red

4. Be patient with your Habanero Seeds
It can take 10-21+ days for Habanero seeds to germinate, so don't give up on them and keep them warm, as mentioned above.

Grow Habanero Seeds

5. Don't Overwater Habanero Seedlings!
Yes, too much water can drown Habanero pepper plants! Make sure to let the growing medium dry out slightly between watering to let the roots breath. If the leaves of your Habanero pepper plants start to turn yellow, that's often a sign of overwatering.

 

6. Exercise your Habanero seedlings with movement!
In addition to not overwatering your Habanero seedlings, you want to ensure that the young seedlings have movement – you can either brush them or pat them daily with your hands, or put a light fan on them to move the air. This movement will help them grow stockier and prevent damping off, a common seedling ailment that causes the seedling to shrivel at the base and perish.


7. Provide adequate light
When starting Habanero seeds indoors, it is important to have sufficient lighting. You don't need anything fancy, old flourescent light fixtures will work, as well as all the fancy new LED grow lights. This will help seedings grow stronger and stockier (especially when combined with movement) so they won't get too leggy.

Pinch off first blossoms on Habanero Seedlings

8. Pinch off the first Habanero blossoms
This will encourage your small seedlings to put more energy into growing into larger plants with great roots rather than putting all their energy into growing pods. You'll have plenty of blossoms to come as the plants grow larger. Make sure to plant pollinator attracting plants around such as native plants to bring in pollinators like bumblebees and native bees which will help set more peppers! We recommend never to use pesticides or herbicides in your pepper garden.

 

9. Harden off your Habanero Seedlings
When the weather has warmed up enough, it's important to harden off your seedlings by exposing them gradually to the outdoor sun and breezes. First put them in dappled shade for an hour or two, then work up to a full day of full sun over a series of days. This will avoid shocking them and they will transplant much more happily without sunburn and wilting.

Grow Habanero Seeds in Pots

10. Transplant Habanero Seedlings late or early in the day
Transplant them in the early morning or evening rather than in the middle of a hot day to let them get settled in before the sun gets hot. Give them a dose of water after transplanting. Remember that it may take a few weeks before you start to see growth, as they will be growing their roots into their new spot – and peppers take their time getting going! Habanero peppers grow great in pots, as well as in the ground. Make sure the soil is well-draining and supplement with homemade compost if you can, it's gardener's gold!


11. Don't overfertilize with Nitrogen later in the season
This will result in lots of leaves but no blooms or pods. Learn more about why a Pepper Plant has Flowers but No Peppers »

12. Grow Habanero plants in sun, 6-8 hours of sun is ideal
Habaneros, like most peppers, like lots of sun and warm weather!

Find more pepper growing tips »

Habanero Seeds - Orange

Check out all of our varieties of Habanero seeds you can grow in your garden, they don't just come in orange like the ones you see in the store.

Happy growing!
May your Habanero harvests be epic!



 

 

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