February 13, 2009
I’ve officially started my seeds for 2009! I’m currently pre-sprouting Long Red Cayenne, Carribbean Red and Bhut Jolokia hot peppers.
Pre-sprouting is a great way to get your seeds up and running quickly, cutting down on the number of days needed to germinate. I use a coffee filter, Ziploc bag, heating mat and Sharpie to pre-sprout my seeds.
Fold the coffee filter in half and dip in water to get it fully wet. Place your seeds on one side of the half-filter and fold it again into a quarter. Put the folded filter in the Ziploc bag and label with the name and date. Place on a heated surface like a heating mat or on top of your fridge. Check everyday to see if the seeds have sprouted and to make sure the filter hasn’t dried out (add a few drops of water every other day to keep it moist). Once they sprout, carefully transfer them to your seed starting trays and put them under fluorescent lights or in a windowsill.
Here you can see my pepper seeds that I started this morning:
Once I get home tonight, I’ll write today’s date on each of the bags.
Oh, BTW, I’ve been able to source the jalapeno and habanero seeds from a local gardener and will be pre-sprouting them tonight as well. I had called around to a number of nurseries and garden centre with no luck. Eventually, I remembered there was a hot pepper store out in Navan, ON called Chilly Chilies and, once I called, I found out that they have all kinds of pepper seeds for gardeners. Neat!