How to Grow Peppers from Seeds

Starting peppers from seed indoors is easier than you might think. It also opens up a whole new world of varieties that are available to you.

How long does it take to grow peppers from seed?

Anywhere from 120 days to upwards of 180 days

Before starting your pepper seed, you need to decide on what varieties of peppers to grow.

Hot peppers are rated on their heat intensity using the Scoville Scale. Sweet bell pepper is rated 0. The Carolina Reaper is rated 1,400,000 - 2,200,000.

Lightly bury the seed and press it down so the seed is in contact with the soil all around. Then give each one a good soaking spray of water.

Place the seed tray on a heat mat and cover with a plastic dome to keep the humidity high until the seeds germinate, and place underneath a grow light. Remove the dome once the seeds germinate.

Be sure to read the seed packet your pepper seed comes in for best practices, and be sure to know when your last frost date is, so you can time things properly.

Peppers are a heat loving crop, and will need to stay warm from the time the seeds are planted, right through until harvest.

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