I like to re-use the mushroom styrofoam containers from the grocery store. Just poke holes in the bottom for drainage. It can rest inside another container to keep from dirtying the counter or other indoor surface where the seeds are being housed in the winter-time
Next, fill the container with soil. Currently I’m experimenting with a couple of soils. Don’t use a peat-based soil, because it will inhibit seed germination due to the fact that peat is anti-microbial. Have your dried peppers on hand. Each tiny pepper houses about 20 seeds on average. So in that bowl, you are looking at about 200 seeds!
I like to crush and sprinkle the seeds over the soil without worrying about the red skins. It makes things pretty easy. Just remember to wash your hands afterwards, or wear gloves. Learned that the hard way!
Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Water thoroughly. Cover with plastic wrap. I like to use a gallon sized baggie – the mushroom container fits perfectly inside. Label the baggie and mark the date, so you can keep track of germination time. Place in the warmest spot that you can find. Some people use a sunny window or the top of a clothes dryer. Wait patiently……
I started several containers of seeds on January 19th and 20th. I’m trying a couple of ideas to see if there is any way to speed up germination. I’ll post on that soon.