Yes I am using heat mats. I am using a different soil mix this year from a local company that is very popular around here. I am also using the 72 cells per tray insertspepperhead212 wrote:Good point by rainbow about the evolution causing the different germination times. Also, 9 days really isn't sthat long for pepper seeds to germinate. It has been 7 days since I planted 18 varieties of peppers, and so far only 5 varieties have germinated, and that is at between 85 and 90º. I assume that you are using a heat mat, or other warm area, since at room temp you probably wouldn't have gotten any to germinate yet! And a heat mat can dry pots out fast, unless you cover them. What size pots are you using? As to your question, whether they can survive a drying out, that depends on how deep it has sent down a tap root , and how deep the drying goes down. They are very sensitive at this stage, and you should do something to prevent this. I sprout my peppers in a covered tray with strips of vermiculite, always kept moist, and remove them to larger pots under the lights. Also, are you using a soilless mix that you've used before, with success? I ask this because I had two varieties in the past that dried out so fast that I had to water them twice a day! Yet, they were labeled as seed starting mix!
Thanks rainbow, I also water from the bottom and my trays are level. I am going to move the lights up just a little. I checked today and it didn't seem as warm under the lights with just my hand. I do have more peppers starting to sprout which makes me happy. I am just nervous I guess..lol. A lot of my problem is this is the first time using this set up, Usually I do seedlings in my basement but this year I am doing it out in my workshop so until I dial everything in it's nerve racking. I have noticed there is a lot of condensation in my set up but so far I haven't noticed no ill effects. I have been using cinnamon as a anti fungal measure on top of the soil.rainbowgardener wrote:That is very hot and means that the soil will dry out very fast. I also know that planting in the small cells and having them on heat mats, they dry out very fast. You may need to move your lights a little farther away, if they are giving off a lot of heat. I do all bottom watering for seed starting/growing-- all the cells are in trays and I just pour a little water into the bottom of the tray, just enough to reach the bottom of the cells so they can wick it up. But for the ones on heat mats, I often have to add water twice a day.