You've purchased your pepper seeds or maybe even saved your own seeds. Now you just need to know when to plant them.
This is crucial step before you attempt to germinate your seeds. It can make or break your season.
Planting too early means you might expose young plants to a late frost, which they can't survive. And if you start your peppers too late, you may not get much of a harvest because your plants won't have a long enough growing season.
So here's how you pick the best time to sow your seeds...
Know Your Gardening Zone
- Canada's Plant Hardiness Site
- Plant Hardiness Zones for Australia
- New Zealand Plant Hardiness Zones
- Hardiness Zone Map for the UK
Find Your Location's Last Expected Day of Frost
These sites offer calculators that automatically give you this information:
After You Know Your Last Expected Date of Frost...
Simply count back at least three months to determine when to sow your seeds.
For example, if your last date of frost is in May, plant your seeds in late January or early February.
- Hot peppers do not do well in the cold. They won't survive temperature that go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and they can't live past a frost.
- Remember that the last expected date of frost isn't exact. The information is typically based on average history, but it doesn't take into account unexpected weather. Always check with your local weather reports before sowing seeds and especially before moving your plants outside.
I hope you find this information useful and I wish you an amazing harvest!
And for those of you looking for complete, how-to steps on all indoor growing phases, from germinating your seeds to getting your seedlings to the point where they can safely go outside… Make sure to check out the updated and expanded Pepper Seed Starting Guide. I personally use this resource to start my abundant chile garden each season, and I’m always here to answer questions!