Starting pepper seeds for planting gives you the freedom to grow any pepper variety you want. All of these pepper seed-starting posts cover the essentials, from when to plant pepper seeds to how to harvest your seeds for planting again.
Starting Pepper Seeds
Germinating Pepper Seeds: 3 Tricks to Get Them to Sprout
Germinating pepper seeds can be hard. Learn about pepper seed germination time, and get my best tricks to start seeds so they germinate faster if normal methods fail.
When to Plant Peppers: 11 Best Garden Zones for Chiles (+ Seed Planting Calculator)
Here's when to plant peppers in your area. Our calculator gives you a custom planting schedule so that you know the best time of year to grow lots of chiles.
Where to Buy Pepper Seeds Online
Heirloom, novelty or the latest super hot pepper seeds can be very hard to find. Here’s a list of pepper seed vendors (both in and out of the US) who have an extensive collection of seeds.
Heirloom Peppers vs Open Pollinated vs Hybrid Seeds: What’s The Difference?
Seed types determine what to expect when you grow out your seeds and whether you can save seeds from these plants. Here's how to understand the differences between seeds so you're better informed when buying.
How To Buy Hot Pepper Seeds Without Getting Ripped Off
Unethical "sellers" trick people by making them think they're buying a particular chile variety when it's really something else. This usually happens when the latest "hottest pepper in the world" comes out. Here's how to buy your seeds without getting swindled.
How to Test Pepper Seed Viability So You Don't Waste Your Time
A seed viability test tells you whether your seeds can sprout and grow (under favorable conditions). And, pepper seeds can take a long time to germinate. Here's how to do this test so you save time (and aggravation).
Saving Pepper Seeds: How to Harvest Your Chillies
Saving your own pepper seeds gives you the freedom to grow what you love each year. Here are three different methods for harvesting and drying pepper seeds for planting.
Can You Grow Jalapenos from Store Bought Peppers?
Yes, you can plant seeds from a fresh jalapeno pepper! Here’s what to expect when growing store-bought produce. (Plus, how to have the best chances at getting this to work.)
How to Care for Pepper Seedlings after Seeds Sprout
Your seeds have sprouted so now what? Here's how to water, fertilize and everything else you need to know to take care of your new pepper seedlings.
How To Grow Peppers from Seed to Harvest
When growing peppers from seed, it can take about six months to get chillies. Here’s my ultimate guide to all of the growing steps, from starting seeds to harvesting mature peppers.