Pepper Seedlings

My peppers have started to sprout.  The eggplant seeds seem to be a day or two behind the peppers as I am just seeing them push through the surface now.  Here is a photo of the new shoots as of last night.

two new pepper seedlings

two new pepper seedlings

Peppers are one of the slower plants to germinate.  At about 68 °F (20 °C), this is how long the seeds I’ve planted so far typically take to come up:

  • 3 days:  cabbage family
  • 1 week:  tomato, marigold, some herbs
  • 2 weeks:  pepper, eggplant

Sometimes, the seed coat doesn’t come off the young plant.  It traps the seed leaves (cotyledon) so they can’t spread and gather light.  I carefully remove the seed coat when I see this happen.  This has been a problem with some tomatoes and cilantro this year.

The peas that I planted outside may be out of the ground soon — I saw a couple of green shoots trying to break through yesterday.


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2 Responses to Pepper Seedlings

  1. Hilda says:

    Thanks for the information on removing the seed coat. I think that is what happened to some of my okra started under grow lights. Will have to start all over again.

  2. Pingback: Seed Coats, Seed Leaves, True Leaves, & Mutant Kale | gardenblog2013

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