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Old March 2, 2018   #31
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Walmart has a basic grow pad which only heats to 75 but doesn't shut off. I have heard you can use Christmas lights in the bottom of a baking dish for heat. Haven't tried it.
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Old March 15, 2018   #32
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FOUND MY NOTE. Do not use peat to start peppers.

Started 12 varieties in baggies with damp paper towel. Fingers crossed.
Update. All the seeds rotted.

replanted in 2in pots, poor to no germination, peat based with perlite

replanted again and kept warm--- a few coming up

replanted using old compost junk , heated to sterilize, added perlite---they are growing!!
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Old March 15, 2018   #33
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I'm having to start over but do have plenty of time me thinks. No clue what the heck
happened, but now reading this again...I used peat based sterile. Last year I used coir
and had gorgeous starts and great germination.

I did pot some up last weekend for kicks. The rest of the tray is sequestered. On lock down.
May be something in the soil. Big grrr if it is fungus gnats.
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Old March 15, 2018   #34
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Come to think of it, since last season I jumped back into the pepper game, after
giving up years ago...I actually did a good study of it. Planted early and in coir on
purpose. Cautious.
Last month I obviously winged it without much thought. (dumb) I think this mix holds
too much water and way too long before drying out. Not over-watered, just holds it
more than peppers like. Only about 30% germination.

Thank you all and BKrim. This next tray should solve it using coir.
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Old March 15, 2018   #35
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Good luck with the next tray!

My "soil" holds water more than it should. Even with a good amount of perlite added, the overall effect was nil. Just hold too much water--too long between watering.

Will hunt down coir to help with the structure.
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Old March 16, 2018   #36
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For starting and potting I use the same stuff as for tomatoes.
The seed germination problem with peppers has nothing to do with the starter mix.JMO
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