Is it too late to start tomatoes and peppers?
Posted on 22 March 2020
Around March, April and May, customers ask us this question. What we have to say is – it's never too late to start seeds! In the spring, you can grow faster growing peppers if you want to get a harvest in a shorter time. For example, many of the fastest growing peppers are ready in 57-65 days from planting! If you start them indoors in a warm place (pepper seeds like germinating at 80-90˚F), then they will get a nice head start for transplanting outside when the weather warms up.
Jalapeno seeds are fast sprouters, and are usually one of the first to germinate and fastest to grow. Check out all of our different jalapeno seeds including a Yellow Jalapeno and Orange Jalapeno.
If you live in a mild climate you can grow some peppers year round! In Texas, a lot of our pepper seed customers have pepper bushes that grow and produce nearly year round, such as the Chiltepin / Tepin pepper.
Or, you can also grow peppers year-round indoors with supplemental lighting. Some pepper plants live for 15 years or more! Take, for example, the spicy orangeManzano pepper, also known as the Rocoto Pepper, which can produce for over 5 years and grows to over 10' high. This pepper is from the Andean mountain slopes, and it not only tolerates cooler weather, it actually thrives in temperatures between 45-60˚ F. Some people grow these vining peppers in their greenhouses year round. You can also grow them in partial shade in hotter areas, where they are happier than in full sun if the temperatures get over 60-70˚ F. But it's not just the Rocoto Pepper that you can grow indoors year-round, you can grow lots of our super hot peppers as well as many sweet peppers.
Learn more about the easiest peppers to grow to get you started:
Fastest Growing Tomatoes
>Don't crowd tomato plants as they will shade eachother, it's good to give them at least 3-4'+ space so that they have plenty of room to grow into the monsters that they'll become.
Check out all of our tomatoes and pick ones with the shortest harvest time for the fastest results. Tomato seeds also sprout quickly, and have very high germination rates, we find, so be ready! View all of our Tomato Seeds »
Check out our new printed Seed Catalog and you can quickly paruse all of our 100+ pepper seeds and 44+ tomato seeds and find the ones with the shortest to harvest times. Our Seed Catalog is also packed with recipes and growing tips, and makes for great bedtime (or anytime) reading!
Grow Peppers Faster in Containers
You can also grow peppers in containers and grow them faster by protecting them from cold spells by bringing them indoors, especially during cold springs. Read about all of the best peppers to grow in containers »