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    Hi all

    Could you please pass on your advice for germinating chilli seeds. I have had mine in pots in an unheated (although hot during the day) greenhouse, but as yet had no luck. They have been in for a couple of weeks, so am I just being impatient?

    My other option is to bring the seeds and put them either into a heater or unheated propogater in the house. I have also heard that germinating them on a piece of damp kitchen roll works.

    Thanks in anticipation

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    one type of my chillies ive been told to wait 4 weeks and keep them moist and warm, they are on a sunny windowsill, still waiting too. other seeds of mine germinate when i forgot to water them.
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    I'd bring them indoors- they like it warm to germinate.
    Have a look at this thread for some ideas..
    Chillies - help please.

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    I have germinated chillies this year by the wet paper towel method and had a very good result. I did put wet paper towel (with the seeds ) in a plastic bag and left it in my airing cupboard and most of the seeds had germinated within a week. Once in compost those germinated seeds formed seedlings on windowsill in couple of days.

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    Yes, I agree with Nicos - most seeds need consistency of temperature for good germination. Erratic hot and cold spells aren't ideal - just like for humans, I guess!

    I have had what I would call fair/good germination rates for tomatoes on a cool windowsill this year (most up in under ten days) as opposed to five days in a warm, dark airing cupboard. The former now look better plants, to be honest, so I don't recommend warm and dark. My chillis took over two weeks to get moving this year but are good young plants now.

    A friend of mine, on the other hand, "is not allowed" (her words) to start any plants in the house, so she puts it all in a propagator, inside a mini-greenhouse, inside a small unheated glass greenhouse. After six weeks she has no chillis or tomatoes at all.

    I am sure that there is too much variation temperature.

    One of my chilli plants and several tomatoes will be going her way soon
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    Hi Splinter!

    Personally Id try put them into a heated propergator. I stood the seed up so the root was facing down and only just cover the seed. I found if you bury it too deep it can rot, and dont be tempted to pull the seed of the new shoot, as you will pull the leaves off and loose the seedling too! yep we did it!

    We trialed various ways of germinating our chillies this year, some were put onto damp kitchen roll and sealed into plastic bags and put into a heated propogater, germination was slow and about 60%, but we also started some off straight into some 1 1/2" pots, some of which were put into the heated propogater, and some into an unheated propogater, the best germination rates we got were from those planted iinto soil and put into the heated propogater.

    Hope this was of some help, and good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobby View Post
    Hi Splinter!

    Personally Id try put them into a heated propergator. I stood the seed up so the root was facing down and only just cover the seed. I found if you bury it too deep it can rot, and dont be tempted to pull the seed of the new shoot, as you will pull the leaves off and loose the seedling too! yep we did it!

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    i do that as well, its important not to plant them too deep. even if the packet says 5mm, or whatever, i do less. last summer i planted chillies direct outside, but it was mid-summer and i had a very good success rate.
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    Thanks everyone for your advice, think I will bring them into the heated propogater.

    Dobby I have not planted them before so could you please let me know whether to plant the seeds with the more pointed end upright, or the other way round. Not sure if this is a stupid question or not, but I am really excited about growing them for the first time.

    Take care

    Splinter

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