For earliest harvest, start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Sow seeds 1/4″ deep in well moistened, sterile seed-starting mix. The ideal temperature for pepper seed germination is 85 degrees.
Select disease-free plants that are true-to-type. Pepper plants are prone to cross pollination by bees, so precautions should be taken to prevent pollination by insects.
For bumper crops, you should start the seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before your last anticipated frost. Sow in flats with just a dusting of soil on top of the seed.