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.
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.