Easy way to plant Pepper Plants
As I wrote about previously, I like to individually plant my seeds in egg shells. This is how I usually plant pepper plants. While I did plant some pepper plants in egg shells this year, I also planted some in flat trays. The Banana Pepper seeds were a little older than I prefer to use and by next year, I did not even want to try them. So they all needed to be used this year. Since they were a little older, germination rate would be down.
I did not want to take the time to plant the entire rest of the package individually, especially when maybe only fifty percent of the seeds would germinate. Since I did not have any other flat tray available, I took the top of an egg carton (The egg cartons that have flat tops, the one with formations down the center will not work well.), and placed clear tape over the two holes in the sides. Then I filled it will potting soil. I scattered all the rest of the pepper seeds across the soil and lightly covered them with more soil.
Eventually, some of the seeds germinated and grew. Normally, I wait until pepper plants have two to four true leaves before transplanting, but these got transplanted very young. The plants were crowded and shallow in the container. They needed more depth and space to continue growing properly. So I very carefully began separating the pepper plants and untangling their roots.
Once they were separated, they each were stuck in an individual cell and potting soil placed around them. The bigger ones got bigger planting cells and the little ones little planting cells.
In a few weeks they had all progressed and were growing well. The next step is to just transplant the pepper plants to the garden.