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Hi,

Does anyone know a good source for mild/medium hatch, ancho, or anaheim peppers?  I'm in Denver (zone 5b) and I did so-so with peppers last year so I'm determined to much better this year.   I recently ordered from Sandia Seed Co and don't seem to be getting good germination.  I soaked seeds for 12 hrs and keep them at 75F to germinate.  Any advice growing in my zone is also welcome.

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hatch chiliexpress  Why not go to a certified source?

These guys have really, really, really good seed quality.

Any time I am planning to grow from seed I do a sprouting test then I go ahead and plant the seeds that did sprout into 3 inch containers grow them up enough to survive out doors, go through the hardening off then I plant them.
You can short cut the hardening off if you have row covers.

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Bryant RedHawk wrote:hatch chiliexpress  Why not go to a certified source?

These guys have really, really, really good seed quality.

Any time I am planning to grow from seed I do a sprouting test then I go ahead and plant the seeds that did sprout into 3 inch containers grow them up enough to survive out doors, go through the hardening off then I plant them.
You can short cut the hardening off if you have row covers.

Redhawk



Thank you Bryant,

I wasn't sure what certified seed was until now.  Good to hear you had success with Hatch Chili Express,  I just ordered some NM 6-4!
 
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That is our favorite Dan.
 
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Dan, if you have a source of bottom heat that will help. Peppers really like warm soil for germination and 25 C (78 F) wouldn't be overdoing it.
 
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Im not sure about those varieties, but I grow a lot of super hot peppers, and they are often slow to germinate. I like to get a lot of my seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in Virginia, but heir varieties are aimed at southeastern heirlooms. There is a Pepper Lovers community on google plus and facebook, a lot of the people are into breeding and sharing seeds, mostly aimed at the super hots again, but im sure some of the members would have some sweet and mild types aswell. If you search Khang Starr on youtube, he has a lot of pepper reviews and talks about the group.
 
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Frank,

Thanks for the advice, seed source and info on pepper grower communities.  I will check them out.  I heard about the long germination time. I put them in damp paper towels for 12 hrs before planting and so far 8 of 22 sprouted in 6 days.
 
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Phil Stevens wrote:Dan, if you have a source of bottom heat that will help. Peppers really like warm soil for germination and 25 C (78 F) wouldn't be overdoing it.



Thanks Phil,  I will follow your advice.  I have a heat mat I have been using, I'll set it to 78.
 
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