How to Grow Hatch Chile Peppers from Seed


Planting Hatch chile pepper seeds in your own garden can be a rewarding and straightforward process if done with care and attention. Follow these steps to ensure a successful pepper seed planting experience:

Materials Needed:

  • Hatch chile pepper seeds

  • Seed starting mix or potting soil

  • Seed trays or small pots

  • Watering can or spray bottle

  • Heat mat (optional, for maintaining warm soil temperature)

  • Grow lights or a sunny windowsill


Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Choose Your Pepper Seed Variety:

Whether you are looking for a large Hatch chile variety, a spicy Hatch chile variety, a mild Hatch chile variety, or anything in between, we have you covered with our diverse selection of Hatch seeds.

2. Select the Right Time:

Hatch chile peppers are warm-season plants, so start your seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost in your area. This gives the plants enough time to grow strong before transplanting them outdoors. If you are eager to grow Hatch chiles and do not want to wait for your seedlings to grow, we recommend ordering Hatch chile plants that are available for immediate transplant into your garden.

3. Prepare the Growing Medium:

Use a seed starting mix that is well-draining. Moisten the mix before filling your seed trays or pots.

4. Plant the Seeds:

Plant the pepper seeds about 1/4 inch deep in the soil. Space the seeds about 2 inches apart in the tray or pot.

5. Provide Warmth and Ensure Adequate Light:

Peppers require warm soil for germination. If your environment is cooler, consider placing the seed trays on a heat mat set to around 70-80°F (21-27°C). Place the trays in a bright location, either under grow lights or on a sunny windowsill. Ensure that the seedlings receive 12-16 hours of light per day.

6. Transplanting:

Once the seedlings have developed a couple of true leaves and are sturdy enough to handle, transplant them into larger pots. This step is crucial for their continued growth.

7. Harden Off:

About 7-10 days before transplanting outdoors, start hardening off the pepper seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions, starting with a few hours and increasing the time each day.

8. Transplanting Outdoors:

When all danger of frost has passed, transplant the pepper seedlings into your garden. Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil.

9. Care for Growing Plants:

Water the pepper plants consistently, and provide support as they grow. Mulching around the plants can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

By following these steps, you should be well on your way to growing your own delicious Hatch chile peppers from seed. Enjoy incorporating these flavorful peppers into your favorite dishes!