Back in March I planted about 4 seeds each of 16 different varieties of peppers, some newly purchased, others obtained through swaps. Using same procedures as previous years I expected about 10-12 day germination with bottom heat. One week goes by, nothing happens, two weeks, more nothing, three, four, five weeks and I give up, take the tray off the heat and stop watering it. What with other veggie and flower seeds demanding attention I didn't have time to clean it up so I just stashed the tray on a shelf, where there was a little light from the window and normal (65°) room temp.
Guess what, last week, over two months later, I notice a few sprouts pushing up through the bone dry planting mix. A little late for Easter, but definitely a resurrection! So I gave it some spritzes of water to see what would happen. This week I transplanted a dozen normal looking seedlings (8 different varieties) into 6 packs with new potting mix and there are signs of a few more pushing up. I have already planted out some peppers purchased from a nursery as an emergency backup, but I think I will try to coddle these dilatory seedlings along and see if I can get a late crop out of them.
I have been growing peppers from seed for many years and have no idea why they were so late this time. Has anyone had slower pepper germination than this? Maybe we could persuade Guinness to establish a new record category.