Hot Pepper Action

February 12, 2009

Yikes!  I just found out that I should be starting my hot peppers this week!  I confused my pepper start date of March 21 with sweet peppers as hot peppers should be started about 4 – 6 weeks before you start tomatoes.  That gives me a Feb. 14th start date (this weekend!) which wouldn’t be a big deal if I hadn’t been planning on getting jalapeno and habanero seeds at the Ottawa Seedy Saturday on March 7th.  Now I have to find a seed source – anybody have some to trade?  You can check out my trade list here.


5 Responses to “Hot Pepper Action”

  1. Dan Says:

    I didn’t know you had to start hot peppers so soon. I just order Big Chili II (Anaheim) and Ancho, I hope the arrive fast!

    I went with milder hot peppers this year, a bit of a light weight here.

  2. Kathy Says:

    Hi Dan,

    Neither did I. The explanation I was given is that hot peppers take a long time to germinate and have a very slow growth period. A gardener in Toronto, with a frost-free date of May 9th (1 week before mine), sowed her hot pepper seeds at the end of January, about two weeks ago. She starts her seeds very early in order to have large seedlings to handle transplanting and to get a longer growing season for a larger harvest. She suggested starting hot peppers on a heating mat 4 – 6 weeks before you start tomatoes, which puts me starting hot peppers this weekend. If you don’t have a heating mat, you should start even earlier.

    Now I’m scrambling to find seeds instead of waiting for Seedy Saturday!


  3. Dan Says:

    Hmm, now I’m going to be scrambling too. I wanted to use a heat mat this year and have yet to pick one up. This make good sense, I started bell peppers last year and they took forever to germinate and grow. They had maybe 4 leaves when I planted them out. I think I will start one of my short season tomatoes too, maybe I can get a head start on tomatoes this year like “Garden Desk” blog did.

    Lets hope my seed doesn’t take two weeks to get here and good luck finding some pepper seed! You should not have a problem finding seed at retailers, they have seed everywhere this year. I am guess with the economy there will be lots of non-gardeners turning the soil.

  4. I usually start all my peppers together with success but then again I normally start all my peppers around March 1 but in light of what you have said, I have an excuse to start them now. Thanks.

  5. Kathy Says:

    Hi everyone, FYI, I’ve been able to source both the jalapeno and habanero hot pepper seeds!

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