Using pepper seeds for planting gives you the freedom to grow any kind of chile variety you want. However, starting seeds presents it’s own set of growing challenges.
For instance, you need to know when to sow pepper seeds, how to prepare seeds and how to get them to germinate (sprout).
And, then, there’s understanding what to do if your seeds don’t germinate at all. This is all before they even get planted.
But, don’t worry! It’s all covered in the articles below.
Plus, you may also want to know how to save pepper seeds too. In other words, what if you grow (or buy) some great chillies and you want to save those seeds to grow again? You’ll find help with that as well.
All of these pepper seed-starting posts are listed by the order you’ll likely need them. And, to date, our most popular seed topic is this germinating pepper seeds article.
NOTE: This post is a subset of the Growing Peppers page. Be sure to refer back to that page (also in the menu bar) for the full list of pepper-growing topics. These posts range from growing popular chile pepper varieties, such as Jalapenos and Ghost Peppers, to caring for your pepper plants in pots.
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.
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.
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).
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.)
And for those of you who want a step-by-step, detailed growing guide that explains how to go from pepper seeds to outdoor-ready plants… Make sure to check out the updated and expanded Pepper Seed Starting Guide. I personally use this resource to grow my chillies each season, and I’m always here to answer questions!