I'm trying to start some Aji Dulce seeds I've had for a couple of years. The first time I grew them, they were slow to start, so I'm using the baggie and coffee filter method to sprout the seeds. I have the baggies on a heat mat, at about 80 degrees but so far there's no sign of growth. They have been going for about three weeks. I started some 'Sweet Pickles' seeds at the same time and about 75% of those seeds have sprouted.
How long should the Aji Dulce take to sprout? Should I just give up and order some fresh seed? I have 8-10 weeks before I should need to plant out. Thanks!
David...I planted 10 Aji Dulce #2 seeds about 2 weeks ago and the first seedling appeared today. I bought the seeds last year and only had about 50% germination. And they some critter got them before they had a chance to do anything.
I don't remember mine being especially slow, although they took a couple days longer than C. annuum types... pretty sure they were up by 2 weeks in seed trays, on an 80 degree heat mat.
I've got some extra seeds from 2008 that I could share with you both... but I do need to add that these seeds are from peppers that had some heat to them (still mild, not anything close to habanero heat, but not as sweet as I remember them being the first year), so despite my precautions in planting them in a different area of the garden, cross-pollination may have occurred. They still looked "right" and tasted delicious, but they had a little kick. LMK
Thanks! I ordered some Aji Dulce from Seed Savers Exchange (starting them tonight) and I have some Numex Red & Orange on the way from Renne's Garden. FarmerDill recommended SSE and Beclu727 recommend Renee's Garden on a different thread. I appreciate the offer, though. Maybe I'll be successful this year and will be able to share seeds next year.