Well, it depends on the pepper!
Some peppers, like our Orange Jalapeno, Yellow Jalapeno and our Early Jalapeno seeds are all super fast growing, which start harvesting at around 65 days after starting from seed. Or you can grow our Sweet Chocolate Bell Pepper seeds, which is our earliest pepper to harvest, with the first peppers ripening at around 57 days! Find other fastest growing peppers here.
Growing short season peppers is one way to shorten the time it takes to grow peppers from seed. Many peppers grow much faster than others.
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The Banana Pepper is also pretty fast growing, it takes about 75 days from seed to harvest. These pretty yellow wax peppers keep coming for the rest of the season, too, and are great for making our simple Pickled Banana Peppers recipe.
Big Jim Legacy Chile seeds grow quickly into huge at 8-10" in length, and area also fairly fast growers, with the first pods starting to ripen in about 78 days. For a faster growing big green chile, try our Hatch Green Medium Big Jim chile, which have pods a little earlier, with the harvest in around 75 days.
The fastest growing of our green chile seeds is our Hatch Green Mild NM-64 chile, which start to harvest in 70 days – which makes it a delicious short season chile variety!
Shishito peppers are also fast short season peppers, growing from seed to the first harvest in just 60 days. This tasty Japanese heirloom sweet pepper is very popular and in great demand at farmer's markets! It has great flavor and is easy to prepare. Easy to grow in full sun and fertile soil. Shishitos are also great for container gardening.
Some peppers take way longer than others, for example:
Carolina Reaper Seeds take 90 days to the start of harvest.
Super hot pepper seeds, can take quite a bit longer to harvest – for example, the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper takes 90 days from starting seeds to the start of harvest, while our Red Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper seeds take 110 days to harvest!
For fastest germination to get your peppers growing quickly, it is best to keep pepper seeds warm at 80-90˚ F for fast and successful germination.
Most pepper seeds germinate within 7-21 days, but some can take longer than that so be patient and keep them consistently warm. Seedling heat mats can help greatly, even after they're sprouted – peppers grow fastest in warmer temperatures.
So, to summarize, how long does it take to grow peppers from seed?
It just depends on the pepper! All of our pepper seed packets and descriptions tell you the number of days to harvest, so pick any of our short season peppers for the fastest harvest. And use these our top tips on how to make peppers grow faster for quicker harvests!
Sandia Seed has Peppers of the World from super hot to super sweet peppers. Peppers are easy to grow from seed!