How to Grow Red Pepper From Fresh Seeds (for Beginners)

Growing your own red peppers from seed can be very rewarding. It does not require some special skills and equipment. All you need is good will.

The first step to getting started is to choose the right seeds. Where do I get seeds? You can buy seeds online or from your local garden center. But you also can purchase your favorite peppers from a farmers market or local supermarket and scrape out the seeds.

If you live in a year-round warm climate, such as southern Florida, you can direct-sow your seeds into your garden. If you have a greenhouse, good for you!

Most of the people don’t fit into these two categories, so this article is adapted towards them, although the same basics apply. I prefer a plain and simple approach that gets results. There are a few different methods to germinate seeds. We recommend the Wet Paper Towel method.(1)

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What are the easiest peppers to grow?

If you don’t want to wait too long for germination, Capsicum Annuum’s are probably the easiest to grow. These include jalapeños, serranos, cayennes, Thai peppers, Anaheim, Hatch, poblano, many ornamentals and more. They also do better in cooler climates and germinate readily even at lower temperatures (10°C – 24°C).

Chinense species, which includes the superhots, habaneros, scotch bonnets, etc., tend to have slower germination times (often up to 6 weeks) and higher soil temperature requirements (24°C – 32°C).

Take into account that the germination process can be slow and irregular as the degree of dormancy (or in other words, how long it takes those seeds to wake up and grow) varies considerably between species.(2)

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Growing your own red peppers from seed can be very rewarding. It does not require some special skills and equipment. All you need is good will. The first step to getting started is to choose the right seeds. Where do I get seeds? You can buy seeds online or from...
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