One of the biggest points of contention when starting pepper seeds is the medium in which you start them. We’re here to tell you it doesn’t really matter, just start! Ignore the noise. Whether you choose to start your seeds in Jiffy “pucks” or “pods”, vermiculite, a custom soil amendment or toilet paper(yes this is a thing!), just do what feels right. You can be successful or unsuccessful in any medium.
This year we started some seeds in Jiffy Peat Pods and some in Promix HP seed starting mix. Germination was great in both. Jiffy Pods or Peat Pods are cheap and convenient but require a tad more monitoring to ensure they don’t dry out before transplanting. We like them because we always have a bunch on hand and can start seeds on a whim without much prep and without much mess. When it comes time to transplant your seedlings, you simply plant the whole pod.
Promix HP is a great seed-starting mix. It’s a high quality blend of peat moss and perlite that provides a super porous environment for your seeds to get going. This mix also includes mycorrhizae(google it Skippy, its complicated) which is like a vitamin IV for those pepper roots, giving them the best opportunity to thrive.
Some people soak their seeds in tea a day before planting them. Some people use hydrogen peroxide to improve germination rates. We don’t do any of that, Skippy. It all sounds fancy but the truth is if you start with good seeds from a reputable source then you don’t need all the extra shenanigans. Feel free to DM us on Instagram if we can answer any of your germination questions.