How to sow chilli pep­pers in three steps

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

1 Space seeds out on the sur­face of a shal­low pot of well-wa­tered seed com­post, at least ½in (1.3cm) apart each way. Gen­tly press them into the sur­face us­ing a dib­ber or pen­cil.

2 Cover over the seeds with a thin layer of com­post. Wa­ter in lightly and place in a well-lit prop­a­ga­tor. Pop a min­i­mum/max­i­mum ther­mome­ter in the case to en­sure the tem­per­a­ture is right.

3 Your chilli seeds should ger­mi­nate in one to three weeks (milder and F1 hy­brid va­ri­eties are of­ten quick­est). Once large enough to han­dle, prick out into in­di­vid­ual pots. Grow on at 18°C.

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