When to Transplant PEPPER Seedlings

It has been two weeks since we started the peppers on the heat blanket tables.  We seeded them 5 rows to a tray and seeds about ½″ apart then covered with a small amount of dirt.  Usually all the little seeds come up in this nice warm environment.  They are now ready to transplant.

You will want to wait until the plants have grown four leaves on the stems.  As you can see from the picture, they have the original two leaves plus the two new leaves and if you look real close you can see an additional two baby leaves forming.  This is the best stage to transplant as there is not stunting at this stage. The plants are happily growing and are ready for a little more root room.


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14 Responses to When to Transplant PEPPER Seedlings

  1. Custom avatar Rhygiedodyero says:

    This is a impressive story. Thanks!

  2. Custom avatar Angela Lewallen says:

    Thank you for the pictures!

  3. Custom avatar Kengiepengin says:

    Thanks! Mine are at the perfect stage to transplant!

  4. Custom avatar Judy says:

    Thank you for the advise on pepper seedlings. For some odd reason I tend to let my seedlings die. I tried planting different types of Chile’s only to end up with nothing after the transplant. Now I am trying peppers and before I make the same mistakes I thought of asking some help. I will give an update in 8 weeks time to let you know how it went.

    • Judy; I’m not sure why your seedlings are dying. There could be several factors causing this: sometimes the soil damps off because it was not sterile, if they do not have enough light or heat they will turn yellow and die and of course if you water too much or not enough they can wilt and die. We keep ours in the seeding room for 4 weeks after transplant under a grow light. The temperature in the ‘green room’ is about 75 and maybe warmer under the lights. As the days grow warmer we move them to the greenhouse. You might read my article on seeding peppers and cooking the dirt to see if it helps your situation. Happy growing! Sue

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  6. Custom avatar nelson says:

    I planted 3 seeds per cup. How do I transplant into individual cups? Do I just pull them out of the dirt? I’m afraid of messing up the roots.

    • Hi Nelson; Planting in cups is a great way to start peppers. When they come up and have four leaves you can transplant them into individual cups by gently loosening the soil and lifting the plant into another cup (I use a small ordurve fork. You can pick up used ones at a second hand store.) Check out the blog titled Transplant those Seedlings to see the fork and the process. 🙂

  7. Custom avatar Aaron says:

    Thanks for your post. I came across this article because mine seedling are stuck at one-true leaf level for 6 weeks. I think the potting mix has really poor nutrients because tomatoes in the same potting mix has much yellower leaves than the same cultivars in another mix. Once I moved those poor pepper seedlings to the better mix, they soon changed to dark green and healthy leaves in just a couple of days and start to grow. They are about to sprout the second set of true leaves. I worried they might be too small to transplant, but your post gives me confidence. Thanks.

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