How and when to plant peppers for seedlings?
Theoretical questions on agricultural technology are usually discussed by city dwellers who have realized the aesthetic pleasure and practical benefits of self-grown food in compliance with environmental principles.
- Exploring the lunar calendar
- When and how to sow
- How to care for seedlings
- Secrets of experienced gardeners
It is understandable that people who do not have many years of experience strive to reach the already achieved level, instead of reinventing the wheel. In this case, advice on growing pepper will be very helpful.
Exploring the lunar calendar
Popular wisdom invariably takes into account the influence of the moon on earthly plants. The hostess will never begin to lay the foundations for the future harvest during the waning moon or unfavorable for further growth and development. days... In order not to make a mistake at the very beginning, one should take into account the recommendations of astrologers, who are usually not mistaken in relation to plants.
When to plant peppers for seedlings according to the 2014 lunar calendar? The calendar offers several dates that are favorable for this. February 5, 6, 15 and 27 are the best days to plant pepper seeds for seedlings. March 4, 5, 9 and 10 are optimal days for sowing pepper seeds.
There are many skeptics of the lunar calendar, however, there is plenty of practical confirmation of the forecasts of the lunar calendar. People often fail to grow what they want, although they seem to have done everything right, but if you look at the Lunar calendar, you can see that the day when they did it was unfavorable for this.
When and how to sow
And when to plant peppers for seedlings on agrarian principles? In fact, sowing seeds for seedlings is best from mid-February to the end of March, so the lunar calendar gives correct information and given that many generations of people have been guided by it, you should not neglect it.
Since pepper is best planted when its seedlings are more than 90 days old, it is better to sow seeds in February.
Before sowing, all the seeds must be soaked in 50-degree water for five hours so that they swell and then placed in a damp cloth for three days.
It is better to plant each good seed immediately in an individual pot, since peppers do not like picks.
How to care for seedlings
The first feeding should be done when the seedlings already have two leaves.
It is necessary to grow seedlings at a temperature of +25 degrees during the day and not lower than +10 degrees at night.
The soil near the seedlings should be well moist, but not dry and not waterlogged, otherwise the plant will either dry out or rot of the legs will appear.
In February-March, pepper seedlings need to be provided with additional lighting to extend the daylight hours.
Front planting in the ground the seedlings should be hardened, for this they need to be taken out on the terrace or balcony, gradually increasing the time of their stay there, so it will get used to the sun, wind and temperature changes.
Secrets of experienced gardeners
It is necessary to take into account a few more features of growing peppers for seedlings. Experience shows that it is better to buy seeds ready-made, but not more than a two-year shelf life. If tomatoes give a good percentage of seed germination even 5-10 years after they are harvested, then peppers germinate with difficulty in the third year.Self-collected seeds need to be checked to make sure that they have matured and are able to germinate fully.
Under equal conditions, pepper seeds can germinate on the fifth or thirtieth day after sowing. For fresh, full-fledged seeds, the optimal time can be considered 2-3 weeks before the first sprouts. Sometimes it makes sense to artificially accelerate seed germination, especially if there is a lag in sowing according to the approximate dates.
You can arrange stimulation for seeds in this way: lower the seeds wrapped in a cloth for 15 minutes in a thermos with hot water, then hold them for a day in the freezer of the refrigerator and sow immediately. You can sow already germinated seeds by soaking them for half an hour in a weak soda solution or use a special biostimulator.
Hanging in a loosely tied bag to a battery, pepper seeds usually germinate after a week. Sprouted seeds are recommended to be kept in a damp cloth in the refrigerator for a week at a low above zero temperature. You can make a miniature greenhouse by placing seeds for germination in a cellophane bag, which should be inflated and tied to provide the necessary humidity and temperature inside.
Growing vegetables at home is gaining more and more popularity every year. Not because there is no way to buy them, but because there is an opportunity to control the quality of the food we grow with our own hands. And also it is worth considering their targeted energy value, because if a person puts his energy into a plant, then he receives back his multiplied gift.