Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by ARMANDII, Jan 9, 2017.
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2017 , Caramba !
Do people soak their seed prior to sowing or not?
We just lay them on damp kitchen paper and put them in our seed sprouter.
I soak them in weak cold tea @burnie , as recommended on some Chilli sites. Seems to work
I soaked them with 65° hot water, seems more efficient
it seems as though we all do different things and I'm sure that we all have good germination. Maybe it's saying something about how easy it is to grow chillies. I find that the Naga varieties have about 75%-80% germination rate and the Shiney Hybrids have almost 100%.
I have seeds to spare, so I will do a trial with soaked and non soaked to see what works best for me, thanks all
Just for info on the varieties I mentioned above. With both varieties placed on damp kitchen paper in seed sprouters and kept in a fairly warm kitchen, the Nagas take about 7 - 10 days to germinate and the Shiney Hybrids take four days.
The unsoaked seeds are now in the propagator, time will tell if this will work, I have seed available for the wet paper towel method next, followed finally by the soaked in cold tea last. Now is the tea Indian and do we need sugar?lol.
Just a used PG Tips tea bag is fine @burnie , make yourself a cuppa first !
Are they Indian chillies?
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Mrs Shiney put some of our ShineyHybrid seeds on kitchen paper, and in our seed sprouter, on the 26th and they have started to germinate. Not too bad a result as they've just been sitting on the kitchen worktop, so no extra heat. Not put any Nagas for germination yet.
I've never grown chillis before but I tried starting some off about 3 weeks ago and soaked them first before putting in the propagator, they didn't germinate at all so I put some more in the propagator unsoaked 2/3 days ago and they germinated yesterday!
Did you use Typhoo tea ? It only works with PG tips It's probably down to the randomness of germination . I am sowing mine this weekend . I put them in the airing cupboard - they don't need light to germinate - this is around 30°c. Normally takes just over a week to show.
No tea at all just luke warm water, wasn't wasting my precious teabags on chillies! I don't even like them! They are being grown for my dad and sister. I have popped a thermometer in the propagator (it hasn't got a thermostat) and it's averaging around 20c, it can get up to 25c in the day and this is in an unheated porch
I have green shoots from unsoaked seeds, when they are out of the propagator I will do a trial with some soaked seeds to see if I get any difference.
Trial and error i soak mine for 24 hours in mild warm tea or 3or4 hours in mild miltons fluid (basically bleach )what works for me might be death for others seedlings
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