OK, I am doing an early post since I decided to run an experiment with my seeds before I begin the real season. I have set up 5 seeds of each of the varieties that I have and will be testing them for germination rates with the “wet coffee filter method”. This is where you place the seeds between two layers of damp coffee filter (paper towels can be used) and then put them in a sealed container and place the container in a “warm” area at or a little above room temp. If all goes well, the seeds will germinate and I can see if I have any batches of non-viable seeds prior to planting for my 2012 season. Most of my seeds are either from other people or from harvesting of my own last year’s pepper crop. Viability is not guaranteed and if all or most of one variety fail to germinate, I will know to find an alternate source for my final planting. I will probably not be planting all of the varieties than I am testing but just in case and out of curiosity, I am testing virtually all the different supplies that I have. This will not “officially” start my 2012 growing season but I felt I would like to document it never the less.
The following photos will document my efforts:
Sweet Banana Peppers (two sources):
Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Peppers) - Isolated and non-isolated. The isolated seeds are guaranteed to grow true where the non-isolated could have possibly crossed with another species of pepper but isn’t likely.
These seeds are from Smokemaster_2007. He said they grow as high as 12 feet tall. I am guessing that is after more than one season of growing but I will probably grow at least one of each of the Red and Orange Tree Habaneros.
Now, to place them in a sealed container.
Put the lid on and place in a warm spot.
Now for the rest of the varieties:
Orange Habanero and Charleston, both harvested from last year’s peppers:
Hot Hungarian Wax and even some Zinnia flower seeds just for fun, both of which are harvested from last year’s crop.
Again, they get put in a container that is sealed and put in a warm place to let them germinate:
And just a quick update of the three overwintered Pepper plants. One Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) on the right and two Hot Hungarian Wax Peppers in the middle and on the left. They are doing just fine so far. The left most Hot Hungarian Wax plant has a fertilized pod growing on it. I am going to let it go just to see how well it develops.
Hopefully, my next post will a bunch of germinated pepper seeds. Until then, make sure you get out and enjoy some of the global warming going on out there. We couldn’t ask for a better first half of a Wisconsin Winter this year.