This is my submission to the Harvest Monday collection hosted by Our Happy Acres. As I have nothing to harvest this early in the season, I thought I'd share an update on my seedlings - which will hopefully lead to many successful harvests later on!
I've spent part of this weekend transplanting these from their peat pellets into 4" pots. I rip a small tear in the bottom of the peat pellets then simply pop them into pots and fill them up with potting soil.
So far, I have transplanted the following seedlings.
8 Chocolate Cherry
7 Heirloom variety
9 San Marzano
4 Super Red Pimiento
4 Feher Ozon
8 King of the North
The San Marzano seeds were several years old and I was not expecting so many to germinate. I wasn't really planning to grow sauce tomatoes but felt I should use up the rest of the seeds rather than throw them out. The Heirloom variety was a mixed seed packet including some of my favourites like Black Krim and Brandywine.
After commenting previously how hot peppers have always been so easy for me to grow, I was somewhat surprised that only one of the jalapenos has germinated well enough for transplanting, but the seeds are several years old. There are a couple more jalapenos on their way but are just too small for now. I also have just a few Hungarian Hot Wax (again, another surprise that I've struggled to get many seedlings) and only a couple of Ancho (disappointing for sure, but I seeded another set a couple of weeks after the first and still hoping to get some more). I also have three more tomatoes seedlings and more Feher Ozon. These will all need at least another week or two before being moved into the larger pots.
I also had many that have not germinated at all. I will give them another week or two between the heat mat and the lights. I certainly hope to get more Ancho and Hungarian Hot Wax as I have so few, but I also did not manage to germinate a single Cowhorn pepper - I tried these same ones last year as well and did not get a single seed to germinate. I would like to blame the seeds but I really need to consider my germination methods. I am definitely not going to make the effort to pre-germinate seeds as that is too much work for me but I have read quite often that peppers don't germinate well in peat so I may need to reconsider my approach next year.
In the meantime, I will keep my fingers crossed for the remaining seeds! And maybe not a rush as it just snowed another few inches last night. Ugh. Should be gone within 24 hours with the warmer temperatures but getting very frustrated that winter won't go away.