​The ​Pepper Seed Starting Guide
​Go from Seeds to Healthy Plants That Are Ready for the Outdoors

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Hi, ​I'm Dominica!

Why I Wrote The ​Pepper Seed Starting Guide...​​

​When I first started growing peppers, I couldn't find complete, step-by-step ​instructions ​​that explained every part of ​each indoor growing phase, from seeds to outdoor-ready plants. ​So I ​created this ebook to meet the need...


In my opinion, peppers are some of the hardest plants to grow. I​'ve even gotten emails ​from people who write that they can grow ​tomatoes, but have so much trouble ​with chillies. ​Gardening resources usually say the contrary by writing that peppers are "​easy" to start indoors. That hasn't been my experience. (If you can relate ​or y​ou're interested in a really thorough how-to ebook that teaches you how to grow your own chile plants, please keep reading...)

​​Peppers are super sensitive to their environment​ requiring the right conditions to germinate and thrive. ​There's a lot of things new growers and even experienced gardeners may not know to do to. The good news is you can create these conditions in your home when you ​start them indoors.

​I remember doing everything that books and videos said to do, but then I'd still lose my plants. It would always be seemingly "out of the blue." For example, I'd have a seedling that would get tall, leggy and then just fall over and die. It was so frustrating not to know why ​this happened!

​Often, a lot of problems are due to very simple ​reasons​ that tend to get skipped over in gardening instructions. I don't know if it's because the information is considered common knowledge, or if it's so "minor" that ​no one mentions it. Who knows?

​​A tall, lanky seedling, for example, ca​n occur when it's not taken off the heat source and removed from under the lid. ​This wasn't mentioned in my gardening books, and it took a lot of ​asking for help on ​gardening forums ​to ​figure out this step I was missing. That's why ​you'll find whole sections about what to do after germination and even ​dedicated information about using your lid (see the Table Of Contents below). These "little things" make all the difference!

​Besides learning the essentials of how to grow peppers, ​​you'll get instructions on producing the strongest, healthiest seedlings. (You probably don't want to end up with weak plants that only produce a few pods during the growing season!)

​Once you grow chillies, you'll find that you can grow so many other plants too​. That's empowering!

Just don't give up​. Whether this is your first try or your last because you think you "failed" in previous attempts, you've got this. We'll do it together.

​Thanks so much for reading!

​What's New In This Pepper Seed Starting Guide?

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Welcome to the expanded Pepper Seed Starting Guide that's now 95 pages long...


​​The original version of this ebook explained the essentials including ​when to plant, ​germination steps and how to water. This update expands on those topics, and is designed to be a more complete​, one-stop guidewith so much more new information (see below).​​​​​​​

​New Chapters:

  • Planning Your Pepper Garden: Learn about seed types, get examples of chillies by color / heat level / growth habit, and get an idea of how many plants you should grow.
  • Essential Growing Equipment: Everything I use to successfully germinate and grow indoor seedlings each year. And, if you don't want to buy any equipment, I describe how you can use household items to create your grow station.
  • Preventing Bugs Before You Plant: Ever see those annoying, flying insects when you attempt to garden indoors? You'll learn where they come from and, more importantly, how to prevent them​!
  • Prepping Your Seeds: Understand how to inspect, soak and perform a seed viability test so you only plant the best specimens that are most likely to germinate and turn into healthy plants.
  • Prepping Your Water: What kind of water you use is very important. An incorrect pH level can deter your efforts.
  • Sowing Your Seeds: You'll learn three different ways of planting your seeds so you can choose the method that works best for you (more on this ​below).
  • Germination Topics: What to watch for, how long it can take and what to do if you have germination problems.
  • What To Do Immediately After Germination: All those "little" steps that can make or break your plants. You'll know exactly what to do after your seeds sprout and during each growth phase.
  • ​Fertilizing Your Seedlings: When and how to feed your plants including a recommended foliar feeding schedule for even more nutrition.
  • Potting Up Your Seedlings: Know when to transfer your seedlings to new containers and how to do it in each of the three ​methods described.
  • Pruning Seedlings For Larger Growth: This optional step explains when and how to trim your plants so they grow a more compact, stocky structure that encourages more chillies during the growing season.
  • Hardening Off Seedlings: When to start this process and how to perform this two-part procedure (indoors and outdoors) so your plants are ready to withstand outdoor elements. ​
  • When Are Seedlings Ready For The Outdoors?: Know when they're ready to go outside, a few ways to plant them and tips/resources for outdoor growing.

Bonus Chapters:

  • ​Starting Other Fruit and Veggie Seeds: You can use this ebook to start all kinds of seeds, but ​there are minor differences ​in starting other popular vegetables and herbs.​
  • ​Resources - Tool Suggestions: ​Where to find all the products mentioned in the book so you can get started fast!
  • ​Resources - More Information: ​Links to ​Grow Hot Pepper's articles on pests and diseases, feeding your pepper plants and winterizing them.
  • P​epper Seed Vendor List: ​Th​is popular resource is now included at the back of this ebook for your convenience! You'll find ​links to businesses (both in the U.S.A. and other countries) that offer all kinds of pepper seeds.
  • ​Cheat Sheets - Germination and Fertilization: These at-a-glance ​sheets are now included at the back of this ebook for your convenience! ​​(If you're not familiar with these ​resources, they are summaries of the crucial germination and fertilization processes needed for your seedlings.)

​The Benefits Of Starting Your Own Pepper Seeds

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Here are some advantages to growing your peppers from seed...


  • ​​Unlimited Choices: You are no longer dependent on what plants your local nursery has in stock. Grow the new hottest pepper in the world or whatever strikes your fancy!
  • ​​Healthier Plants: ​​Homegrown plants have the benefit of already be acclimated to your environment, and you know they have a strong root system because of all the care you gave them from the beginning! ​In my experience, plants that I personally start always tend to perform better than commercial seedlings. ​
  • ​​Greater Learning Curve: ​This may not seem like an advantage, but it is! As I mentioned above, chillies have been harder to grow (for me), and when you start with something that's a bit more difficult, ​you'll have a better understanding of how to grow everything else. ​​
  • ​​Applicable To All Kinds Of Outdoor Growing: ​​When ​seedlings are ready for the outside, it doesn't matter whether you ​put them in the ground, containers or a grow system such as an Aero Garden. Knowing how to start your own seeds is valuable ​no matter the path you choose!

​Three ​Growing Media Options To Start Pepper Seeds Indoors

​What you sow your seeds in is called "growing media​​." You​'ll learn how to use three media that work well with starting pepper seeds...

Planting pepper seeds in a peat pellet

​​A peat pellet is one option for starting pepper seeds.

​Here are the three different growing media options covered in the guide:

  • ​Seed-Starting Mix
  • ​Peat Pellets
  • ​Rapid Rooter Plugs

​For each ​one you'll learn:

  • ​How each growing media works and why you might choose one over the other.
  • ​All the specific growing details for each option. 
  • ​Key differences in growing tasks, such as watering and potting up your seedlings, so you know what to do every step of the way.

​Note: You have a lot of choices when it comes to growing media. The three options listed ​all work well for peppers and are generally easy to acquire. This ​starting point ​will help you go on to develop your own growing preferences. 

​Table Of Contents

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do ​​I Have To Buy A Lot Of Equipment To Get Started?

Absolutely​ not! In fact, this ebook has a whole section ​about how to use household items for your grow setup. ​Certain ​products, such as a plant heat mat, ​make growing chillies a lot easier. Ultimately, it's up to you whether you want to follow the recommendations or not.

​Q: What Will I Be Able To Do With The ​​Pepper Seed Starting Guide?

​After acquiring quality seeds (refer to the Pepper Seed Vendor List if you need help), you'll be able to plan your pepper garden, germinate seeds ​and grow ​out your seedlings to the point where ​they can safely go outside. You'll ​learn many crucial steps including when to plant, how to sow seeds indoors in various growing media, how to feed young seedlings, how to prune for better growth and how to harden them off. Most importantly, you'll know when to do everything so you produce the healthiest plants.

Q: ​How​ Long Will This Whole Process Take?

​It's really hard to give a definitive answer because each pepper variety has different germination times. (Some chillies sprout in a couple of days, while others can take a month or more!) Additionally, other factors in your environment, such as temperature, ​affect this time. Generally,​ expect your peppers to be inside for 3 to 4 months, from seeds to ​outdoor-ready plants. 

Q:​ What Makes Your Ebook ​Different?

​​Ever heard of the saying "The devil is in the details"? I know how important seemingly insignificant ​elements are in growing out seeds, so I made sure to focus on every little aspect during each phase of the process. ​A new grower isn't going to know what to do and when to do it, and expert gardeners may forget to ​provide this guidance because they've done ​it all so many times​. I've lost plants ​because ​I didn't know to do these "tiny things," and only figured it out after a lot of trial and error. I want to save you that trouble.  ​

Q: ​How ​Will I Get My Purchase?

The ​Pepper Seed Starting Guide comes in PDF format so you will instantly receive a download link after payment is received. You can ​view your e-book file on your computer as well as mobile devices.

Q: ​Do You Offer Refunds?

I really want you to be happy with your purchase, however, digital products are non-returnable and non-refundable. Please read the Terms Of Use regarding "Purchasing Digital Products" before making your purchase. ​You can always get support as you use your product.

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