First few of my peppers germinated today well chuffed
Well done GFM Peppers straight from the garden are just so delicious.
I would turn them for time to time to make sure they don't end up leaning over towards the light; I have never tried growing them outside - perhaps you could make a little polytunnel with plumbers white plastic pipe and polythene? But don't plant them even there till about late May, early June.
Someone did explain to me years ago that plants can almost strangle themselves if you keep turning them, but if you do it cautiously it may work.
Will peppers be okay in an unheated greenhouse now? On the basis that in an emergency they could come in for the night?
Mine are in unheated greenhouse. I cover with fleece on very cold nights. Been doing this for several years and all ok.
They need consistent warmth and light to really get going.I started my peppers indoors in Feb, first in a propagator then old yoghurt pots, the bigger pots until about 9"-12" high. Only recently, once cold nights have gone, have I put them in the (unheated) GH, and tend to protect with some thin bubblewrap if temps drop. A lot of peppers, chillis, toms and cucs can be seriously 'checked' during the Spring due to any large temperature changes which they find it difficult to recover from. So be cautious and don't be in too much of a hurry. Harden the young plants off outside during warm daytime temps but be careful overnight.
I agree with paull2. The medium range forecast says we could have night temps dropping to as low as 1C from next Friday for at least a week so be wary about leaving chilies, peppers and tomatoes unprotected in an unheated greenhouse overnight.
I was going to ask could I leave them outside with a plastic bottle over them now but I guess the answer is no after reading all your comments. My are about 5 cm high and have 8 leaves on and were sown in Feb in my kitchen. I need my kitchen back lol