Chilli Germination Tips
Pre soaking chilli seeds may help getting some of the harder to germinate varieties going.
Germination will roughly take up to six weeks depending on variety, in a temperature of around 75ºF – 85ºF, although the majority of chilli seeds will germinate in the first 2 weeks. Some of the chinense & wild species for example are notorious amongst chilli growers for their poor germination rates and longer germination times. Patience is a virtue as some varieties such as Habanero can take up to 6 weeks to germinate.
You can certainly use a higher temperature can be used giving quicker germination, but overall germination percentage may then be lowered. Light plays no factor in germination.
Electric heated propagators will help, they are inexpensive. If you don’t have a heated propagator you can always cover your seed tray with cling film which will help to hold the heat in and humidity up. You can place it in the airing cupboard, on top of a boiler or somewhere near a radiator.
If you are like us you will be keeping a regular check on them, because as soon as the chilli seedlings have sprouted are up they will then need maximum light to stop them from getting weak.