Stubborn Reaper Seeds
So how long does it take for Carolina Reaper chilli seeds to sprout? I have had mixed results, most seeds sprout within a week but I have had seeds take months. Actually the reason I decided to publish this post is because I have just had seeds sprout which I planted in January. So that’s 3 months, I was almost ready to give up on them.
The process I use to get seeds to sprout is very simple and it works very well. First I use good quality seed raising potting mix. I use the jiffy pots so I can put them straight in the garden once they are big enough. With the potting mix I wet it with warm water before pushing the seeds into it. Now temperature is important if you live somewhere that has a cool climate you will need to invest in something to warm up your planting area. I am based in Queensland Australia so the weather is always nice and warm. Even our winters attract people to the beach so it’s really good for growing chillies.
Once your chilli seeds have sprouted you need to get them use to the sun as soon as you can. If you are using artificial light be careful because your plants will not grow naturally. I have read so many stories about people losing young plants because of aphids, yellowing of leaves or the seedling just falls over. All these problems are related to keeping your chilli seedlings under artificial light for too long.
Another thing to avoid is keeping your chilli in small pots. The best place to grow your chilli plant is in the ground. Prep your soil by adding a good organic fertilizer such as chicken manure. If you’re not sure about the quality of your soil then make yourself some raised garden beds and fill them with some nice soil from your local landscaping store.
Water them well and when they start to flower give them a little liquid fertiliser. I use fertilizer that’s recommended for tomatoes, it seems to work very well.
So now you know how to get your chilli plants started. And don’t stress if you don’t see your chillies sprouting within a few weeks because it can take a lot longer.