Starting from seed is not easy!
Just take a container filled with potting mix, put some seeds in, and let it sit on the window sill is all I thought I needed to do to start healthy plants for the season. Boy, was I wrong!! I see why you pepper growers use seed mats, heaters, indoor lighting!! My jalapeno seeds took 19 days to sprout and only a few like 7 are up, and planted like 20 or more in the one container just to try to start them. I know they are good seeds because they are from burpee and they are jalapeno which I am sure is the most grown pepper ever. I have a south window but not much sun in these winter months here so these seeds are doing not so good. So by the time may-june comes, if my plants are not the same size as the ones I can get a 4 pack of from homedepot then I will just plant mine in the ground and buy some starts to through in containers so I really get the same heavy production I did last year.
These seeds I have leave me with a new test this season. When june comes and the soil is really warm I am going to sow jalapeno seeds right in tilled rows planting them one foot or less spaced due to the fact they will not get big anyway. I want to see if I can get a late summer/fall crop of jalapenos. Think it can be done in 5B?
I would like to hear your thoughts. I will doing it this season so we will see!