When it comes to you trying to germinate peppers seeds indoors then clearly there is going to be no guarantee that you are able to achieve the kind of results that you have been hoping for. In actual fact, if you do not have any idea as to what you are doing then obviously this is going to reduce the chances of things going well even further and that is a problem.
However, help is indeed at hand and what we are going to do is to provide you with seven different tricks that can just make that bit of a difference when it comes to successfully germinating those seeds. There is still no guarantee, but we can at least increase the chances.
Just before we go into the tricks, you should know that it can take a number of weeks for the seeds to really break through and then develop into full on plants.
Tip 1: Softening Up the Seed Shell.
The first tip before we really go into the tricks that we recommend is that we have to soften the seed shell and this is something that is going to work very well indeed.
The reason why this works is rather simple to understand. The water is going to slowly break down the protective barrier that is around the seed and this does make it easier for the seed to then germinate when it comes to planting it. You are going to just improve the chances of the seed breaking through which is often the most difficult part for it.
In addition, you might want to use chamomile tea and this is why it helps.
- Using Chamomile Tea with pepper Seeds.
Chamomile tea has been shown to be effective at disabling any bacteria that is on the seed because this is obviously going to have an impact on whether or not the seed will germinate. To make it, you need to think about doing the following.
First, make yourself some chamomile tea and enjoy it. However, do not throw out the tea bag as you need to use it again in order to then use it to soak the seeds. With this, make sure that you leave the seeds to soak for up to 48 hours before you even think about planting them.
Tip 2: Various Methods to Help Germinate the Seeds.
The second tip that we are going to be looking at are various methods that have been previously shown to be fantastic at helping to germinate the seeds. This is where the seven tricks come into play and we will explore them all individually.
- Trick 1: Taking Advantage of the Bag Method.
One of the best methods to help with the germination of your pepper seeds is to consider using what is known as the bag method and it is a lot easier to understand than you think. In order to use this method, you need a ziplock bag and a paper towel. Fold the paper towel, moisten it and then place the seeds inside the fold. Put the towel inside the ziplock bag and then put the bag on a heat mat. Keep checking the seeds for the first signs of sprouting.
- Trick 2: Taking Advantage of the Cup Method.
Another trick is known as the cup method and this has also been shown to have had substantial success by a number of people. Once again, this is not something that is too complex either and you only require a few items to make it happen.
There are several important steps to follow when using this method although anybody should be able to achieve this if they just take their time.
For example, you need to take a gelatin cup and make sure that you put a damp piece of paper towel in the bottom of the cup. After this, place the seeds on top of the damp paper towel and then apply the lid. You should then place the cup in a warm place and you are going to have the perfect environment for the seeds. Also, you have to dampen the paper towel on a daily basis until you see the seeds growing.
- Trick 3: Taking Advantage of the Freezer Method.
The third trick that you might want to use is something known as the freezer method. Now, we accept that this sounds rather strange but it is something that can make a difference even though people believe that putting seeds in the freezer will simply kill them off.
For this method, you need to put the seeds in the freezer for two days before you can move on to the next part. This next part then involves you placing the seeds in a paper towel after removing them from the freezer and then making sure that the paper towel is damp. You then need to put the paper towel on a plate and cover it with a bowl before leaving it in a warm spot. Check on a daily basis and if required dampen the paper again to keep it moist.
- Trick 4: Taking Advantage of the Paper Towel Method.
The paper towel method is something else that has been shown to be rather effective when it comes to helping seeds to germinate and this is not restricted to pepper seeds either. As you have seen with the other tricks a paper towel is quite a common tool.
For this method, you need to take two pieces of paper towel and moisten it before placing the seeds on top of the paper towels. Another two pieces of damp paper towel are then placed on top and a bowl over the top of that. Leave it in a warm place for a few days.
- Trick 5: Taking Advantage of the Soil and Tray Method.
Getting closer to the methods that you might be more familiar with is the soil and tray method. In addition, it is quite easy for you to go ahead and set up the entire method and if you follow the instructions then there is no reason to doubt that you will be able to generate some success.
The soil and tray method involves you soaking the seeds in potassium nitrate which is also known as saltpeter. This should then be done overnight before you add the seeds to the soil as the potassium nitrate is going to just help to open up the seed casing and the solution will break it down and then make it easier for the seed to then sprout. If you then use the correct soil (and we will look at the correct mix later) then you should see the seeds germinating in next to no time.
- Trick 6: Using Soil.
As you are more than likely going to end up growing peppers in soil it is always best to check out the type of soil that peppers really need in order to germinate and then grow into strong and sturdy plants.
The soil has to be correct and there are various mixes available but if you want to make your own then you have to think about this mix. Use 1/3 of quality garden soil, 1/3 of manure, and 1/3 sand. This is going to provide enough drainage for the seeds and plants and takes advantage of the fact that pepper plants just love sand. Keep the soil moist but never over water or you will cause problems.
- Trick 7: Using Containers.
Finally, we are going to look more specifically at the containers that you should be using when it comes to the germination of your seeds. Remember, there are so many important factors that have to be taken into consideration that it should come as no surprise that even the container is able to make a difference.
There are several types of containers that you could use, but generally speaking the best ones include trays that hold up to 6 or 12 plants, peat pots or even peat pellets. However, the gro-packs are best for the following reasons.
- You are able to cover them in cling film to create the perfect environment.
- The soil is kept moist in them for longer.
- You can then simply remove the cling film when the seeds start to germinate.
It really is as easy as that, but when sowing the seeds in containers make sure you sow them ¼ of an inch below the surface and then be prepared to wait a number of weeks before anything happens.
So, there you have seven different tricks that you can use in order to germinate those pepper seeds and as you can see we have not covered anything that is too complex at any point. In actual fact, you should now be aware of just how easy it can be if you can only follow the instructions that we have given and, at the end of the day, you should now be looking forward to growing some pretty impressive pepper plants.