I have never started peppers before, heard they were hard to start. Would like to try this year, I grow jalapenos and green bell pepper. Is it too late to start from seed? I live in Mi. also and usually don't set out pepper plants until May 20-30. I am really gettin' the bug to go play in the dirt. If I can start anything now it will make my day. I would like to start some cool weather crops like broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, onions etc. Might be able to get away with that. I GOTTA PLANT SOMETHIN'.
I have a utility closet with a furnace (for a part of the house we don't normally use and keep at 50 degrees) and a water heater. It stays about 72 degrees above the heater.
I put my pots with seeds in there in a covered box (it's not a seed tray per se, but more of a plastic shoe box). I planted three batches of seeds: 1 batch I got from a pepper last year, a batch my aunt gave me 4 or 5 years ago, and some old ones I recently found in the garage. The new seeds were all up in about a week, about half the four year old seeds are up and no sign of the others.
I put a CFL lamp in the closet and run it about 16 hours/day with the box open now that the seeds are up.
Once I stop getting new plants I'm going to move them into the 50 degree part of the house in a sunny window to slow them down a bit. They'll outgrow the pots before I put them out if I don't slow them down.
This will be the first time I've tried to slow the plants down. I usually start too late and don't get peppers.