Growing jalapenos for the first time this year, from seed. I didn't realize how long the seeds are supposed to take in germinating, nor how warm the soil need be. I had one outlier that popped up in about 5 days (out of the four seeds planted), but that's it. Since then, I've placed about 5 more seeds in a moist paper towel in a plastic bag atop my grow light for warmth. Nothing there yet. I more recently placed some soil in a plastic cup with another five seeds, again sitting on top of my grow light. Crossing my fingers that at least one more will germinate, because I want two plants.
So my question is, if all else fails and this one little plant is all I get, can I root a cutting from it like you can with a tomato sucker? If so, please give me some guidance on how to do so. Or will I be reduced to buying a transplant from the Depot? I really enjoy the process of watching a tiny seed become a fruitful plant!
On a separate note, I have the one that sprouted growing in a bottom watering system. So the soil stays constantly moist. Should I take it out and let the soil dry a bit (maybe into a peat pot)? I've read that jalapenos are native to somewhat arid regions.