More peppers and tomatoes

I started another round of seeds today for the indoor grow stand.

The peppers that I started a few weeks ago have been pretty slow to germinate. The orange and purple bell peppers and the cayenne haven’t germinated at all. I knew the cayenne seed was getting old, and the germination on the orange and purple wasn’t that great last year, so I figured some of my peppers wouldn’t come up.

So I got some new purple bell seed and started another round of those. I also figured out that I made an error last month and never started the yellow Sunsation or the orange snack peppers, so a few of those got planted today. I also found some Anaheim pepper seed and thought I’d try a few of those.

Next I started the rest of my tomatoes. These are the varieties:

Roma/sauce types:

  • Classica
  • Roma
  • Cordova (new to me this year)

Slicing/regular types:

  • Early girl
  • Better boy
  • Big beef
  • Burbank (new to me this year)
  • Moscow (new to me this year)
  • Cherry
the next round of tomatoes and peppers are planted

Its time to harden off the lettuce, kale, broccoli, and spinach and get it planted outside. I’m going to get the cold frame out, but I bet I won’t need it very long, with how warm things are here already.

This is how the grow stand looks now. The first shelf is almost entirely full.

a full shelf on the grow stand
lettuce (back left), basil (middle back), pansies (front row)


tomatoes (left) and peppers (right). notice how many empty pepper cells there are from poor germination.
kale, broccoli, spinach (from left to right)

Some of these guys are looking a little yellow. I think they’ve outgrown their cells and would like to go outside a.s.a.p.!

Have you had any problems with poor germination this spring? If so, which varieties are giving you problems?

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4 Responses to More peppers and tomatoes

  1. david says:

    we’ve had good luck this year (one cell of peppers failed, but everything else sprouted), but our seedlings don’t look as big as yours yet.

    • Susan says:

      I’m glad to hear that things are going well for you this year. Do you know what the temperature is by the furnace where you have your seeds? Do you have something that you can give the seedlings a little diluted “food” with? I use a weak dilution of seaweed fertilizer every couple of times that I water. Do you have an emergency blanket over your grow light to make sure that all seedlings are getting enough light? If not, you should rotate your trays often. Can;t wait to hear about your garden as the season progresses.

      • david says:

        The temperature in there varies, but it’s one of the warmer places in the house (most of the time). On warm days, it ends up being cooler down there b/c the furnace doesn’t run much. I have the lights running mostly at night (when the furnace is turned off), but i think with the foil blanket the lights keep them toasty. The the lights go off during the day when it’s warmer down there anyway. I’ve been rotating the trays every few days, but I don’t think it’s mattered that much. What I struggle with more is how much to water them. I don’t want them to get water-logged or moldy/mildewy, but I also don’t want them to dry up.

        • Susan says:

          I water mine when the trays are dry, but the soil in the cell packs is still moist. I’ll put in about 1/2 inch of water when I water them. Then I don’t touch the watering can again until I see the tray dry up again- About 4 days? I will spray them with a water bottle almost every day, but not enough to really wet the soil.

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