Starting Peppers and Eggplants from Seed

Posted: February 23, 2017


Peppers (both hot and sweet) and Eggplants are two crops from the Solanaceae family that have similar seed starting characteristics and are generally started around the same time. They are both frost sensitive annuals which require a fairly long and hot growing season. For this reason, they are starting indoors under controlled conditions and then transplanted into the garden as small plants once the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. This article will take you through the easy steps to starting your own pepper and eggplant seeds. Starting your own seeds gives you access to many varieties and is very economical. However, if you miss the seed starting window, or run into difficulties, you can always buy ready grown transplants from gardening centers nearer to planting time in your area.

  • Peppers and Eggplants are slow to germinate and slow to grow.
  • Peppers and Eggplants require warm soil to germinate.
  • Peppers and Eggplants are planted outside after all danger of frost.
  • Ideal seed starting time for Peppers and Eggplants is 6-8 weeks before your last frost.

Don’t know your last frost date? Find it HERE.

Percentage of Normal Seedlings Produced at Different Temperatures* **

The first number is the germination rate as a percentage. Numbers in ( ) are the days to seedling emergence.  Numbers in red equal optimal daytime soil temperature for maximum production in the shortest time.

Crops 32ºF 41ºF 50ºF 59ºF 68ºF 77ºF 86ºF 95ºF 104ºF
Peppers   0   0   1  70(25)  96(13)  98(8)  95(8)  70(9)   0
Eggplant   0   0   0   0  21(13)  53(8)  60(5)   0   0

* The above data was taken from a report published in the mid-1980’s.  Author, affiliation, and publisher are not known. 

** The above table was derived from experimental data.  Certain logical inconsistencies exist due to crop failure or to bad batches of seed (note the low eggplant germination).  They do not interfere with the overall interpretation.

 Data taken from TomClothier.hort.net

Five Steps to Happy Seeds

Step One: Good Quality Soil

Below is an experiment we did with mixing different ratios of vermicompost (worm castings) with normal potting soil and monitoring the results. The pictures are from a Collard variety called Vates, but based on the results I now do a 10% mix of vermicompost with all my seed starts. It can help prevent damping off (a fungal disease), increase vigor and potentially even affect germination.

Even if you don’t use vermicompost, you want to start with a high quality potting soil for starting seedlings.

Step Two: Clean Containers

Starting Pepper and Eggplant Seeds

Step Three: Sow the Seeds

Pepper Seeds ready for planting

  • Plant 3-6 seeds per section of a 4-pack (1-2 if you’re using smaller plugs). I sow more seeds the older the seeds are because germination rates drop over time. However be prepared to thin seedlings out if all your seeds germinate because we only want one healthy plant per section, not four competing plants.
  • Pepper and Eggplant seeds want to be planted about 1/4″ deep. I achieve this by pressing the seeds into the soil and then sprinkling a thin top layer of soil to cover to the right depth.
  • This isn’t an exact science, you don’t need a ruler or to spend all day fretting. Remember, seeds are pretty amazing.
  • Make sure you label the pots with the seed variety – you will not remember what is what if you don’t!

Starting Pepper and Eggplant Seeds

Step Four: Water and Cover

Starting Pepper and Eggplant Seeds

Seeds require water and temperature to germinate (and oxygen, so don’t drown them..). During germination they definitely don’t want to dry out. I cover mine with a damp paper towel to retain moisture, you can also cover with plastic lids to trap in moisture and keep them warm (like a mini greenhouse). I have my four packs in a tray which I can add water too without disturbing the seedlings, the water will wick up through the soil and encourage root development.

Step Five: Keep Warm and Moist

Starting Pepper and Eggplant Seeds

I use a heating pad to keep temperature sensitive seeds like peppers and eggplants warm, but sometimes the heat of a grow light can be sufficient or just a stable indoor room temperature (it may just take a little longer – see the chart above). The seeds don’t require light until they have germinated, but you’ll want to be ready to provide good light once they do. Ideally we’ll expose our pepper and eggplant seeds to 16hrs a day of full spectrum light. This is something a sunny window cannot provide in winter.

Specific Cultivation of Pepper Seeds

Sow pepper seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Plant seed 1/4-1/2″ deep in 3-4″ pots. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 65-85°F and seeds will not germinate below 55°F. Seeds will sprout in 8-25 days.

Transplant outdoors 2-3 weeks after the last frost, when the soil has warmed. Black plastic or row covers can help speed up soil warming and plant growth. Mature plants should be spaced 18-24″ apart in rows 2 -3′ apart. Pepper plants tend to be self-supportive, but taller varieties and those with large, heavy fruit may need to be staked.

Specific Cultivation of Eggplant Seeds

Sow eggplant seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 75-90°F.

Sow seeds 1/4″ deep. Seeds will sprout in 6-21 days. Harden plants off before transplanting outdoors. Transplant outdoors once the danger of frost has passed and soil temperatures are 60°F and above. Mature plants should be spaced 24″apart.

GOOD LUCK

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Chris Smith is an enthusiastic grower and permaculturalist from a green-thumbed family. He has immersed himself into the world of seed and southern growing. On his urban homestead, Chris is experimenting with landraces, selective seed saving, crop trials, grow outs and edible seed oils!

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109 responses to “Starting Peppers and Eggplants from Seed”

  1. marian lakin says:

    Excellent Video.

    • Karen Hollingsworth says:

      I have always planted using the almanac. Sounds silly but thousands of plants later for me it works. Good suggestion about worm castings in the soil mix. Nice to know how much to use. Thanks.

  2. Jennifer Nowicki says:

    TY for this!!
    I love love love the unbleached paper towel over top of seeds tip!
    I am starting more seeds tomorrow and I am also sharing this in my Gardening class next month that I am teaching!
    Thank you!!!!

  3. Katrina says:

    Good video!
    One place that might work to warm the flats to help with germination is on the top of the hot water tank or even on top of the refrigerator – both those areas tend to be warm. You just have to be diligent with keeping them moist and then getting the light on them as soon as the seeds germinate.

  4. Judy says:

    Eggplant plants and flowers are especially pretty and are nicely self contained. They grow well among more ornamental plants in beds.

  5. Cindy Richards says:

    I am growing Rosa Bianca eggplant. Last year my eggplant fizzled 🙁

  6. Jean Castle says:

    I always start twice as many plants as I need in case some don’t grow. In all the years I have been doing this I have never had a problem finding a home for the extras

  7. Todd says:

    “Make sure you label the pots with the seed variety.”

    I’m bad abut not doing this; my memory is never as good as I think it is.

    Thanks for the info. Sow True Seed has become my favorite seed store.

  8. Vickey McDonald says:

    We are planning to experiment this year trying to grow different types of peppers (both hot and sweet) in cold frames and miniature green houses due to our short seasons and often much cooler climate than they usually require. Here in South Central Alaska temperatures can swing pretty widely from day to day and warmth loving crops do not grow well without extra help.

  9. Dennis says:

    I appreciate the “paper towel over the seeds” suggestion.

    It’s fun growing varieties that have “weird” colors or shapes… and watching how other people react when they see them!

  10. Dustin says:

    Thanks for the info! Always nice to have a refresher.

  11. E. Hope Corona says:

    Thank you so much for sharing results of your vermicompost grow outs – can’t wait to try out your vermi-compost and cover suggestions next year. (My solanums are all already up and growing here in Zone 9A Florida…I’ve been hardening them off the last week or so, and plan to put them outside soon.
    Thanks again for sharing your seed starting secrets with us! Great post!

  12. Scott Murphy says:

    So true…You think you will remember but you never do. I have never used the damp paper towel. Thanks for the tip.

  13. Cindy Vogel says:

    What and EXCELLENT simple, straight forward demonstration! Love the info on the worm castings use, never seen it actually demonstrated with seedlings and amounts to use. The paper towel tip is GENIUS! I have forwarded the video for use to Master Gardener interns that have never started their own seedlings. Thank you!

  14. Linda Saxon says:

    I always replant the extra seedlings. Then I can share nice starts with friends and neighbors

  15. Linda saxon says:

    you can replant the extra seedlings and have starts to share

    • Chris Smith says:

      Yes, you can replant the extras! I’ve become a hardened thinner in recent years, mainly due to space and time limitations, but planting on the extra seedlings is definitely a good option, just do it before the roots get to entangled.

  16. Jean-Paul Lausell says:

    Thank you. Very instructive

  17. Sue D says:

    Thanks for all these great tips. My big mistake is not labeling very well. Things happen and I don’t remember what I planted. I plan on growing sweet banana peppers this year.

  18. Lorraine M. Mortis says:

    I will keep in mind the damp paper towel trick, especially when teaching new gardeners how to plant from seed. I think novices are more likely to stick with gardening when they see positive results quickly!

  19. Millie Smail says:

    I’m so ready to start my seeds (all seeds) but I’m from Ohio so I must wait a bit longer. Get a spray bottle from the Dollar store to ‘mist’ your paper towel (s). I am trying the worm castings use this year, wish me luck. Thanks for info.

  20. Nik says:

    Great video! Thanks for the information!

  21. Tim Eady says:

    I really enjoyed learning how to sow egg plant and pepper seeds!

  22. freda tucker says:

    Thanks for info on the eggplant

  23. Donna Willis says:

    Should be a great help thanks so much, we love sweet peppers

  24. Brenda says:

    I had delicious eggplant last year from Sow True, and some of my peppers overwintered, how lovely it was to see a gleaming red pepper against the heavy snow! At first I thought it was a cardinal, but when it didn’t move for a while, I realized it was a beautiful pepper!

  25. Brenda says:

    I had delicious eggplant last year from Sow True, and some of my peppers overwintered, how lovely it was to see a gleaming red pepper against the heavy snow! At first I thought it was a cardinal, but when it didn’t move for a while, I realized it was a beautiful pepper! Hearty lil things.

  26. Brynda Bechtold says:

    Thanks! I love to grow bell peppers but they take so long to turn red…getting a jumpstart on germination is really helpful..this video gave me new tips!

  27. Lauri Gonzalez says:

    I am new to gardening and have always bought the plants. I am now looking into seed starting. Great video for beginners!!

  28. Michelle Turner says:

    Great video!

    Instead of using a paper towel we use recycled glass and plexiglass panes that had popped out of the old windows we use for cold frames. We use soil blocks, so the glass does not sit on the soil, the blocks are shorter than your standard flat. You just have to remember to vent these if it gets too hot and to remove them as soon as the seeds start to sprout to prevent fungal diseases.

    Have you ever tried to pre-sprout tomatoes or eggplant? And if you have, did it work? I have always been too intimidated to try because the seeds are so small.

  29. Susan Polk says:

    We’ll be starting these in our greenhouse soon. Mullica Township Schoolyard Garden loves Sow True Seed!

  30. nadine ford says:

    i am doing a hot pepper garden this year, with the intention of using the oils for making bug spray.

  31. Anthony says:

    Hi, and thanks for this post. Two questions: (1) What does it mean to “harden plants off”? And (2) I live in the Asheville area, in the Spring, where could I look for starts for peppers that are OP, non-gmo, preferably from Sow True Seed?

    • Chris Smith says:

      Sow True Seed sells summer starts (including peppers, eggplants and tomatoes) but not until end of April / early May. We’ll have cool season starts mid-March. Hardening-off is the slow exposure to external conditions so your tender indoor transplants don’t get shocked by the change.

  32. John Steffa says:

    Several years ago I started several varieties of hot peppers indoors and transplanted them to the garden. After harvesting and drying them, I ended up with several QUARTS of hot peppers. I love to use them in cooking, but they will last me a lifetime!

  33. Sue Ives says:

    I use paper towels to store my tomato seeds – never would have thought of covering my starter seeds with a paper towel! Thanks, great idea!!!

  34. Kathleen Wood says:

    I use newspaper, shaped into cups and filled with good potting soil to start my seeds. When ready the whole pot can just be planted out, no plastic required.

    • Chris Smith says:

      Love it! We have a video on making newspaper and cardboard tube pots for this purpose. I tend to find the paper pots fall apart with slow growing seeds like peppers and eggplants, so I start in plastic and transplant to paper later in the process. I’m all for upcycled plastic though!

  35. Susan D says:

    Love the paper towel idea. I’m excited to try germinating my own seeds this year. I haven’t had much luck in years past.

  36. Cathy B. says:

    I’ve not had very good luck with growing peppers. This article/video has given good tips. Thanks!

  37. I have some great pepper seeds I saved from last year. I love seed-saving. Thanks for the tips. I save a lot of my packaging throughout the year and use it to start seeds. There are some good plastic trays with domed lids.

  38. William Mize says:

    Excellent article; I use coconut coir pots, they can be directly planted without disturbing root structure

  39. Tracy Nelson says:

    like the paper towel idea

  40. Laura Dahl says:

    Great article, thanks. Love the temperature chart.

  41. William Dotson says:

    I have a lot of my peppers started and potted some of them yesterday need to get my sweet peppers planted as soon as I can, enjoyed the video. I live in southern Brown County Ohio, I may be a little early with my peppers but my super hot grow really slow so will have to see.

  42. deborah e says:

    chris, please help me to understand cross pollinazion of peppers. i want to start lots of varieties of sweet, hot, and seasoning peppers. will it affect the the first seeds/plants sown or only the seeds i save for next years plants. does it mean i must buy new seeds every year? i have a huge garden area, but not enough places to seperate all the peppers i want to plant. ty, deb:)

    • Chris Smith says:

      Hi Deborah – I’m going to write a post on saving pepper seeds, but in short you need an isolation of at least a 1/4 mile between varieties of peppers of the same species. However, peppers have perfect flowers and can self pollinate, so sticking a screen mesh cage over your plant will isolate it from cross pollination and you should be OK. Check back in once I’ve written a more expansive description, or check out The Seed Garden, which is a must have for any home seed saver.

  43. Brianna says:

    I want to grow any sweet peppers this year. I have the worst luck. I think the last few years poor irrigation at the end of the summer made them tough, small, and not good.

  44. deborah e says:

    oh, i forgot to tell you about last year. i planted some peppers in straw or hay bales and some in deep mulch. they did AMAZING and i only had to water them when they were first planted and 2 more times during the season, which surprisingly lasted until november. i am in northern virginia. i am not posting again to try and win the book, i am just fascinated by peppers and this will be my second year of serious gardening:)

    • Chris Smith says:

      Did you plant seeds or starts into the straw bale? Craig LeHoullier (author of a book on Straw Bale Gardening) is attending Organic Growers School Spring Conference and I’m excited to learn more about this and try it this year!

  45. Ian says:

    Looking forward to getting some seeds started this weekend. Thanks for the info.

  46. Aaron Cole says:

    Thanks for the info.

  47. Nancy says:

    What a great way to help folks grow their own starts. Happy to learn the worm castings were so helpful, too. Thanks, Chris and all of you great Sow True Seed staff.

  48. Don Sparks says:

    Very informative video. You guys Rock!!!

  49. Lisa says:

    Thank you for this video. I was trying to start peppers from seeds that I saved from last year. I didn’t realize they were so sensitive. I realize that my house is about 10º lower in temp than they need. Will use a heating pad.

  50. Dena says:

    I have to increase my hot pepper bucket garden this year!! I have grown the variety of hot quite a bit this year…interested in trying new hots, especially for fermenting.
    Last year I had soo many hot peppers that I minced up some to freeze, dried & needed to do something more with them so I read how to ferment & shared some…lots want more of my hot pepper ferment for their winter cooking.

  51. deborah e says:

    Chris, i planted all the peppers and tomatoes as starts about 10″ from the top of the pot. they had been potted up twice and lastly into 4 inch pots. the straw and hay bales worked so well i could not believe it and so much less bending over. i conditioned them organically with blood meal, feather meal, and cottonseed meal. i will not use the feather meal again, way too stinky. i got hay bales early this year and let them sit out in the garden all fall and winter to help decomposition. i never fertilized during the growing season. now the only problem is that i did not put the bales where i wanted them and my hubby and son are upset that they have to move the bales and they weigh sooooooo much now. i am hooked on this method, the ruth stout method, and deep mulching with my own compost, leaves, and old straw and hay. we live in virginia now and seriously only watered about 3 times last year. previously i had regular raised beds in northern california and had to water at least every other day:)

  52. deborah e says:

    Chris, are you talking about the upcoming conference in north carolina. i was debating whether or not i should go as i am only a home gardener now with future aspirations of selling my plants and produce. oh, and last year i planted 88 bales. i just shared the excess with friends:)

  53. Jerri Talbot says:

    Good video! Sow True to lable your planted seeds because you never remember! True to life. Happy Planting Everyone!

  54. Linda Hurd says:

    Wow that was a whole lot of great information. Egg plant (aubergine) is the plan at our house. Just amazing nutritional benefits. We really appreciate the tips as we are retirees fairly new to gardening.

  55. Marcia Grzyb says:

    I’m going to try the 1 cup of casting per 10 cup of potting soil, maybe that is the trick to good peppers

  56. Dee Waddell says:

    I loved the video on starting pepper and eggplant seeds. I will definitely use the wet unbleached paper tip when watering my seedlings. I’ve always had a problem with keeping the seeds in place when watering. I’m planning on growing Yolo Wonder peppers for me and Fish Peppers for my sweet daughter-in-law who loves hot peppers.

  57. Steven Cotthaus says:

    I got a late start on my eggplants last year and they didn’t produce as well as I had hoped. I plan to start my seeds soon, especially with this warmer than expected weather for the east coast!

  58. Lotte Hansen says:

    I have started many chilis and peppers, not as many eggplants, but some, because I love to grow my own food, I know what’s in it and what’s not.

  59. Tom Frothingham says:

    Good video. The wet paper towel trick is a new one for me.
    I’ve found that a good thermostatically controlled heat mat makes a HUGE difference in the time it takes solanacaea seeds to germinate. It’s well worth the investment. Another trick I use is to water the plugs and seedlings with warm water. I’m not sure how much of a difference it makes, but it’s not a lot of trouble. I figure it can’t hurt.

  60. Jackie D says:

    I didn’t plan on growing peppers this year, for I”ve had bad luck growing them in the past 🙁 But after reading this article (esp. the soil temp. sprouting chart), I’m going to give it one more try! Wish me luck on my CA wonder and Purple beauty 🙂

  61. Matt G says:

    I love growing sweet (non bell type) peppers. I am in zone 10b so I can grow peppers most of the year (until it gets too hot). I love to experiment and try new peppers every year. Thanks for the video!

  62. E says:

    Growing peppers in WA state is not easy–growing season is not quite long enough; however, I keep trying because it’s so much fun. I was successful growing ghost peppers last year, so will try again this year. Keep Rockin’ Farmers!!!

  63. Katie Melson says:

    I’m a newbie, but I have heard using the top of your refrigerator works well for providing warmth to the seed trays. I’m trying that soon. I’m growing sweet and hot peppers.

  64. ellen.massey says:

    Lots of helpful hints! Video was dim on my monitor, but the words were good. I knew that peppers were slow to sprout, but it is good to hear it again before I get impatient and and start over.

  65. ellen.massey says:

    FYI Older blinds contained lead, so unless you are sure there is no lead you might not want to be cutting them up to use as plant labels. http://cchealth.org/lead-poison/pdf/miniblinds.pdf

  66. Great information. Love learning about better seed sowing techniques. Thanks so much
    Susan

  67. Aaron says:

    Awesome tip with the worm castings! Though I love the “magic” in gardening, it’s great to see good data and photo results. Many gardeners share anecdotal tips, but few apply the scientific method. Thank you! 😀

  68. Vonda Burroughs says:

    I’m growing peppers that are good in salsa and Jamaican peppers.

  69. Kay Ford says:

    Can’t wait for our ground to dry enough to turn. Compost ready to be added.

  70. Andrea Farnsworth says:

    My favorite peppers are red, orange and jalapeno. This year I am going to try Heatmaster Tomatoes, because they are supposed to do better in our hot, humid weather

  71. Terri Boykin says:

    I tried Carolina WOnder bell peppers last year and they did pretty well. This year, I’d like to try Rosa Bianca eggplants

  72. Vicki says:

    I just started mt seeds based on this video, very good excited to be a new customer. I appr cite your approach. Thanks!!

  73. Tracie V says:

    Ironically, I just planted several different varieties of peppers this afternoon. I raise my own worms and use my own vermicompost. I use jiffy trays and lids during germination bUT I use a tool to make my own cubes from my potting mix. The toolales a tiny indention in the top of the cube in which to deposit the seeds. There’s not even a need to cover them with soil. I can not wait to plant my garden and since I live in zone 8, planting time is very near!

  74. Rob says:

    Great tips and video! Already started seeds here in the Northeast. I use soil blocks on heat mats. After trying several different ways to start seeds, this way has worked out the best for me. I use my own compost from the previous year to make the soil blocks and then move the seedlings out to the greenhouse during the day when it warms to over 75 degrees. Thanks for sharing this information!

  75. Laurie C. says:

    I seen a great idea to use chicken rotisserie containers to start seedlings. Think I’ll add the paper towel on top.

  76. ray says:

    i want to try ghost peppers this year.do you plant at the same time as habeneros and jahalapenos?

  77. stephaniemunzcampbell says:

    Worm castings is a great tip! Thanks!

  78. Marvin Taylor says:

    Great video. Sow True Seeds is such an amazing company!

  79. Sandi says:

    I like the temp chart. I pulled similar info from Johnnys and taped it into Bubbles seed starting book, my seed starting bible

  80. Helene Turpyn says:

    First year starting seeds indoors. I topped the soil with vermiculite. I’m ready to start hardening.

  81. Sue says:

    Thanks for the visual aid and the great tips! Like others, I too had never considered paper towels to help keep the soil damp. That is a light-bulb moment idea! Thanks for the reminder to start eggplants and peppers now – and to be patient! (:

  82. Marsha Elloty says:

    I saved pepper seeds from last year, it did not label them, So I may be a bit surprised with the variety. I have to buy egggplant seeds. Last year I bought the plants. Thanks for the video. I learned two things, the paper towel trick and about the need for heat.

  83. Antoinette Thomas says:

    I have always waited too late to start my peppers, but that won’t happen this year. I really appreciate the gentle reminder you have provided. I think I will also start my tomatoes and onion seeds while I am at it.

  84. James Taylor says:

    Good video. I had not thought of the paper towel as a way to water and hold moisture. Good idea.

  85. Ron says:

    WOW…..70 Degrees in central Illinois, in late Feb….got the gardens Ripped Deep and Tilled….now to start my plants…
    Happy Gardening Ya’ll

  86. Anna says:

    Re: the comment/question about pre-sprouting above: I became a fan of pre-sprouting 4 years ago. I got a much better germination rate and could choose the sprouts that looked strongest to move to soil, thus getting a better mature-plant success rate. It is more work and, yes, the sprouted seeds are tiny. It takes patience for sure. Last year I just didn’t have the time, so I started directly in plugs. It confirmed the difference in germination for me, so it’s a trade-off.

    I grow banana, bell, jalapeño, Jimmy Nardello (a mistaken order that STS rep. assured me I’d love…she was right!), and here in Florida, datil peppers. I grew Black Beauty eggplant for a few years, but not a big eggplant fan, so didn’t plant them last year.

    Plus, I’ve been moving away from a lot of annuals and more toward perennials/trees/bushes as I slooowly permaculture my property. I have not read The Permaculture Kitchen, so hope I win it! 🙂

    Further permaculture book recommendations: I enjoyed Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway and, of course, Bill Mollison’s Introduction to Permaculture. Happy growing!

  87. Linda says:

    Great video! Very informative. Last year my peppers took forever to come up. Will try using the heating pad under them. Love the idea of the worm castings too! I am looking forward to growing more eggplant this year.

  88. Chris Smith says:

    Germination UPDATE: Planting Date 2-23-17, first germination from Louisiana Long Green Eggplant on 2-28-17 (that’s 5 days!!).

  89. KC Cameron says:

    I thought I knew so much about growing from seed, but the PAPER TOWEL is new and brilliant! Thanks!

  90. Edna Felmlee says:

    Just learned that pepper seeds could take up to 25 days to sprout. I’ve been giving up on some of my seeds WAY too soon. Thanks for the info.

  91. Carol says:

    As many gardening books as I’ve purchased and read, I never saw the paper towel trick before – that’s easy! I’m growing habaneros this year, so I’ll try to be more patient with amount of time it takes the seeds to sprout

  92. Wes says:

    I can’t wait to start a few of my own!

  93. Meg says:

    So informative. Thank you so much for the video.

  94. Have already seeded in my peppers. Lot’s of hot ones for us as I love to can!! I used to work in a greenhouse..we used tweezers for seeds. Seems a bit much but accurate spacing can give you better room for root growth without a lot of thinning! I use a spray bottle with room temperature water for my flats and water three times a day. I also use vermiculite as my top dressing over seeds. It holds moisture very well and is light enough that it doesn’t discourage seedlings. It can also go right into garden without worry!

  95. laurie says:

    Thanks for the great video. It’s amazing how the temperature effects the germination rate of the seeds.

  96. Tiffany says:

    Thanks for this great video. Now I know why I had poor germination rates last year. I didn’t have the soil warm enough.

  97. Chris Smith says:

    Sue Ives has randomly been selected as the winner of The Permaculture Kitchen. Thank you everyone for your wonderful and supportive ideas and comments. I love community based learning!

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