Chili Pepper Gardening Information
We recently received an email about growing jalapeno peppers and serrano peppers and thought we’d share.
“A couple quick questions for you. I planted jalapeno & serrano seeds (separately of course) about 10 days ago. I haven’t seen anything out of my jalapenos but my serranos have sprouted. My first question is how long to wait before I scrap my current jalapenos and start over if I see no sprouts. My other question is regarding the serrano sprouts. They seem to have grown up about 3/4 of an inch, then started growing back toward the soil, forming v-shaped, skinny stems. Is this normal? There are no leaves but a couple of them still have the seed stuck to them. Any help would be amazing. I probably have the least green thumb out there but I’d like to change that and this site seems really helpful. Thanks!”
“Thanks for your email. Wait at least 4 weeks before tossing any seedlings. Chili peppers are very slow to germinate so it’s always good to wait.
As far as the way it’s growing, it sounds like it may be the beginning of leaves that are bending back toward the soil. The seed does typically stay attached to the end of the leaf until it falls off. The leaves will not necessarily be noticeable as leaves right away because two will stick together to the seed and eventually it will all separate and the leaves will stand up normal. The leaves are very long and skinny at first.
Everything you described sounds very normal. Just give it time and a little TLC. They are very fragile so try not to touch them. Best of luck!”
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