I've been growing more interested in hot peppers and gardening over the last two years and have decided to get a little more serious about growing this year. I wanted to get a jump start on the season, but didn't quite know how to start. (Especially with lighting.) I asked for some guidance from the forum and received a lot of good input. Fast forwarding a few days, I ordered a 4 bulb T5 fixture and purchased a rack setup from Home Depot. I also have a little Jiffy seedling starter setup and a cheapo heat mat from Amazon.
We had 3 garden plots this past year at our community garden, each about 9x14ft. One bed was for tomatoes, another for peppers/tomatillos, and another for herbs. We'll probably do that again this year and hopefully add one more plot. In short, we really love to grow food in the garden. Last year's pepper plot contained the following: Thai Chilis, jalapenos, serranos, orange ghosts (seemed maybe as hot as a HOT habanero. Hybrid likely?), and an overwintered Scorpion. Sadly, we had a LATE frost and it hit the peppers pretty hard. The Scorpion never recovered, ghosts were slowed way down, but the others seemed to recover. (Everything got covered but it got cold.)
So to prepare for the coming year, I ordered some seeds from AJDrew. I purchased the following: Reapers, Butch T Scorpions, Red Savina Habaneros, and 7 Pot Douglahs (Chocolate). I'm debating growing the Thais again, if space allows. He did include some extras, so thanks AJDrew, I appreciate it. I soaked my seeds for 12 hours in lukewarm water and then planted them after they all sank to the bottoms of their containers. In total, I dropped about 80 seeds. It seems like a lot, but I have no idea how many will come up. This was on 2/2/2019.
Today is 2/7/2019, and the seeds are starting to come up. There are a few from each variety popping out, with the Reapers having the most so far (6-8 if I remember correctly.)
I'll keep this updated as things progress. Enjoy the pictures from my potato-phone. We'll be putting up the rest of the shelf as we do more seedlings.