I ordered a group of Italian heirloom peppers from Felco
this year. The seed packets are enormous, they all have 100 to 200
some seeds. I ordered Corno Di Toro Red and Yellow, Melrose,
Shepherd's Ram's Horn, and Nocera Giallo.
They've all been very slow to germinate, and I've had poor germination
in the Corno Di Toro yellows. I'm beginning to wonder if the large
number of seeds they send is because they have germination problems.
Has anyone else ordered from them?
I grow Corno Di Toro peppers every year, and I've never noticed them
as being especially slow to germinate, but all of these are Italian
heirloom bull horn-type peppers, so it's certainly possible that they
would all have similar germination times. And it's certainly possible
that they have slightly different strains of the Corno Di Toros then I
usually order. They seem to take great pride in getting a lot of their
seeds from Italy.
My pepper seeds are in peat trays with eight 3 inch cups, four of the
peat trays/per larger drip tray. They're on seed heating mats that
keep the soil temperature between 75 and 80 degrees. The Italian
varieties are not all in the same drip tray, and some are toward the
middle, while two are on the ends of trays. I used a soil thermometer,
so I know they're getting even heat. The slowest of my other peppers
were up almost ten days before any of the Italian heirlooms.
Does anyone else grow these peppers, and have they germinated slowly
for you? Have you ordered from Felco Pruners?
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