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Do some peppers take longer to germinate?

Germinating pepper seeds - how long does it take?

How long does it take to germinate pepper seeds?
Do some peppers take longer to germinate?

Yes, some peppers take longer than others to germinate – super hot peppers such as the Chinense varieties usually take the longest, and, when stubborn, can sometimes take up to 4-6 weeks to germinate. Many faster growing peppers like Annuum varieties can germinate in 7-10 days. It's important to BE PATIENT with pepper seeds, as they will surprise you and sometimes sprout long after you've given up hope on them.

Germinate Pepper Seeds - sometimes they all sprout!

Pepper seed Germination Time
Pepper seeds can vary greatly in how fast they germinate. While most pepper seeds germinate within 7-21 days, most of the super hot peppers and some other peppers like the delicious Piquillo pepper can sometimes take much longer, taking 3-6 weeks to sprout! The trick is to be patient, and keep the warm and moist. If you do this, you're likely to have most of your pepper seeds germinate (especially if using fresh seeds). If this happens, like in the photo above, make sure to thin out the extra seedlings, you only want to have one pepper seedling per cell – crowded seedlings will not do as well!

Pepper Seed Germination Time - Fastest Growing Peppers

What is the fastest way to germinate pepper seeds?
The secret to germinating pepper seeds quickly is to keep them warm and moist. You can also grow super fast growing peppers to speed up germination and harvests.

The secret to germinating pepper seeds
Heat mats help!!
Keeping pepper seeds warm, between 80-90˚ F is best for the fastest and most successful germination.

How to germinate pepper seeds faster
Read about the different Types of Peppers »


"Why didn't my pepper seeds germinate?"
For more tips on germinating your pepper seeds, click below:

Pepper seeds not germinating
Happy growing!

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