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Old January 22, 2019   #1
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Default Fish Pepper Trouble.

So I've been trying to grow Fish Pepper for a while now. This will be year 4. I have not been able to get any seed to germinate.



The seed is warm, either in soil or ziploc with paper towel. Different seed sources also. Nothing has germinated for me until this year. I got 1 seed out of 4 in a ziploc with wet paper towel. Still have 12 in soil waiting.



Is this normal for this variety of pepper?


I have no problems germinating aji's, Scotch bonnets, Ghosts, Hab's, etc. all of my peppers germinate very well be they sweet or hot, just the Fish pepper I am having problems with. Any tips?



I'll keep things going for a few more weeks before I toss them and start new, but it's frustrating.
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Old January 22, 2019   #2
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I've got plenty of seed. PM me your address and I'll send it out.
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Old January 23, 2019   #3
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I've got plenty of seed. PM me your address and I'll send it out.

Thanks, I may do that. I'm hoping I can get these seeds to sprout, but if not I may take you up on your offer.
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Old January 23, 2019   #4
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Strange indeed, unless your seed are no good. Are the seeds from the same source?
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Old January 23, 2019   #5
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The first two years the seed was from the same place. Last year was a different source and this year is a different source.


I may have jumped the gun do to my previous failures the years before. As of this evening I noticed another seed germinated on the paper towel and one sprouted in the soil. So things are looking up and I'm excited.


So it seems the seed was the problem and not the strain of pepper.
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Old January 23, 2019   #6
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Glad to hear it I never had a problem with growing fish pepper from seed when I grew them in years past.
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Old January 24, 2019   #7
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As of this morning 15/16 seeds germinated.
I'm really glad that things are working out this year. I've been wanting to make a hot sauce out of the Fish Pepper. It was once a popular pepper around our area but I have not seen anyone growing them lately.



They should go well with the Hinkelhatz. Both historic varieties around these parts.
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Old January 24, 2019   #8
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As of this morning 15/16 seeds germinated.
I'm really glad that things are working out this year. I've been wanting to make a hot sauce out of the Fish Pepper. It was once a popular pepper around our area but I have not seen anyone growing them lately.



They should go well with the Hinkelhatz. Both historic varieties around these parts.
I had trouble with Fish Pepper seeds last year, also. Got No germination out of the whole pack. I won't name the vendor...cause everything else I've ever bought from them did really well. Just to be on the safe side, I ordered from a different vendor this year...

I forgot about Hinkelhatz! I grew it a couple of years ago...it's a great little pepper! Still got seeds around here somewhere....
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Old January 25, 2019   #9
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The Hinkelhatz are some good little peppers. I use them in a lot of dishes and they are fantastic to put in some spicy sausage when making it. I dry them also for pepper flakes. A good addition to homemade cheese.
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Old January 25, 2019   #10
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The Hinkelhatz are some good little peppers. I use them in a lot of dishes and they are fantastic to put in some spicy sausage when making it. I dry them also for pepper flakes. A good addition to homemade cheese.
As for the Fish Pepper, I'd blame the seeds since you aren't having problems with other varieties.
The Hinkelhatz peppers are famous around here near Pennsylvania Dutch country, but I've never grown them. I've seen them for $2 for 5 pounds at some Amish markets during a good season.
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Old January 30, 2019   #11
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My Fish Pepper seeds from a generous T'villian sprouted in just 8 days on a heating mat !
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