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Hey guys, finally a different question today. I'm trying to get some seeds sprouting and I put them in paper towel (wet of course) and they've been in there for a few days and still nothing. Are they duds? Sorry for the confusion everyone, I'm not growing weed (right now), these are seeds from a really hot pepper that my cousine grows in his garden down in the states.


Two weeks? My neighbour grew some a month ago or something and in a week he had them sprouting out of the soil.

Ain't Google great? Here's some of the hits I got for sprouting pepper seeds:

Bell Pepper Seed Saving Question

Starting Hot Pepper Plants From Seed

[Pepper Seed Starting Tips

Overall, it seems like pepper seeds can be finicky and slow - they'll take at least a week, and some much longer. Warmer temperatures are a must.

Do a bit of research if you are planning to eat these as sprouts - peppers are part of the nightshade family, and parts of the plant may be poisonous. Dunno if the sprouts are edible or not.

If you're sprouting these for planting, use soil instead of a paper towel, and follow the instructions in some of the links above...

Okay thanks Pat, I'm gonna give it a couple more days, and if not I might try planting a couple of them, but throw the rest out.

dandelions maybe ?

Oh, ok, which kind ? Ornamental, sweet bell, jalapeno ? Are you planning on keeping them in pots, or getting them outside or into a greenhouse ? I am just curious; not that this has anything to do with sprouting them....

Well, what kind they are does.....

Just gonna keep em in my room with light on them for 18-20 hours a day

Well, regular "bell" pepper plants get rather large. If it is an ornamental plant, they are easily confined to a normal sized pot. I have grown Jalapeno and Habernaro peppers in pots already, but outside on the porch during the summer. The only time I ever tried to sprout seeds (other than plant them directly) was when I had some left over from the year before, and I wanted to make sure they were going to grow (older seeds tend to give a lower yield).

What kind of seeds? Cress and mustard only take a day or three to germinate, but some seeds need to sit in the ground for months.

. If he's germinating what I think he's germinating, it should only take 24-48 hours, with heat.

Oh so they're duds? (lol really that is what I'm trying to grow).

. Never tried it, but I've heard that if you dump your seeds in a glass of water, the ones most likely to sprout will sink. . Also, select firm, dark seeds - light colored, mushy ones are supposedly immature. . Just what I've read; I don't have much of a green thumb.

well I did have them in water first and a few did sink, so I moved it to paper towel and nothing.

Ah, he's trying to grow some cress to go in his egg sandwiches.

After all, what else would a young man be trying to grow?

That and maybe some delicious Tyme..you know..to make the time go slower.

Definitely not Cannabis, oh no, not ever!

Never ever, not a respectable Christian teenager ever ever ever.

After all, what else would a young man be trying to grow?

:-( I don't know, when I was young I grew chervil, Parsley, and ornamental hot peppers.

On the other hand, if he is trying to sprout some herb seeds, there is a good chance they've been sterilized using radiation. In particular, hemp seed sold for cooking in the US is always sterilized.

Either way - just wait a few more days. If you get absolutely *nothing*, I would suspect they've been sterilized.

The SproutPeople have some very thorough instructions for sprouting seeds. They actually recommend to vigorously rinse and drain your seeds 2-3 times a day.

i heard that you need to put a dark colored seed and a light colored seed in together(male and female) this ofcourse only aplys to herbs and be prepared for a wait because depending on soil, temperature, elevation(i think)lyme(or is it lime?) content and a bunch of other factors can determine germination

Take that wet paper towel and throw it into a ziplock or similar bag and put it under you sink, or a cabinet above the fridge maybe. Give them a few more days, they should sprout in no time. If they still haven't sprouted after 1-2weeks I'd say they're duds. Something else you could try would be to just toss the seeds into a small cup of water and let them sit. Hope it works out!

thanks, I've had them in a shotglass of water in paper towel for like a week and they aren't sprouting.

No they're pepper plants that my cousine brought me up from the states.

yeah, the trick is to keep them both damp and also from becoming fuzzy (moldy)

. A little heat (100-110degF) will usually help speedup the process. Just make sure you don't let them dry out (ie, keep them damp).