Pepper Seed Germination Time

Posted on 27 March 2019

Pepper Seed Germination Time

Pepper seed germination time varies greatly for peppers, with super hot peppers like Carolina Reaper and Trinidad Scorpions or Aji Lemon Drop or  sweet Piquillo peppers taking the longest, taking 7-21 to germinate – but be patient, they can take as long as 30-40 days. Fastest germinating chile peppers include Chimayo Chile seeds, Early Jalapeño seeds, and Yellow Jalapeño seeds.

Most pepper seeds germinate within 7-21 days but it's good to keep them nice and warm at 80-90˚ F to make sure the seeds sprout. Do not keep them in a cold room or a greenhouse that gets cold at night – they need consistent 80-90˚ F temperatures to ensure best germination. 

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While pepper seeds can have notoriously long germination times, other seeds like tomato seeds are very quick to sprout, we usually see ours tomato seeds sprout within a week of planting. That is why we plant chile pepper seeds a few weeks before starting other vegetables, since chile peppers take a longer time to sprout, and are slower growing than fast growing vegetables like tomatoes.


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