Everyone has their own way of going about this, here’s some methods we use and they all work well for us.

Paper Towel

To start, moisten a paper towel and wring it out so it is damp, not wet. Then spread the seeds out evenly, then sandwich with another moist towel.  A four inch square piece is a nice size and will easily slip into a plastic sandwich bag. Fold the towel and put it in a plastic bag.

Next you’ll want to keep the seeds in a slightly warm (generally 27-32 degrees is good for most plants) area until they germinate. Some people set them on top of their refrigerator.

Depending on the variety of seed, germination should start within a week. As soon as the seed breaks and new growth begins, place in moist soil. For very small seeds, you can just lay the sprouts on the surface.

Jiffy Pod

Our preferred method. Fine netting is filled with high-quality substrate and then compressed to form a handy pellet. Just add water, and the little planting wonder grows to up to seven times its size in a few moments. It is held together by fine netting (or nappy as we like to call them), ensuring optimum air/water exchange.

As soon as the seed breaks and new growth begins, cut off the nappy to allow root growth and place in moist soil.

Garden Bed

This will always be hit & miss as the temperatures required for the germination process are almost never stable enough.


carolina reaper chilli seeds in ziplock bag

Chilli seeds in ziplock bag.

Happy growing  🙂

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