We added Chiltepin and Piquin seed to our product line of chile pepper seeds, and I understand that the wild Chiltepins germinate quicker when treated–I am trying the same procedure that eventually got my Galapagos chile seeds started: I just soaked them overnight in mild guano solution.
Question…From your Encyclopedia (I love that book!), I understand that Piquins are domesticated Chiltepins. Are Piquins also hard to germinate, or did domestication already have the side effect of easier germination, as found in later domesticated capsicums?
I am trying to find this out to give accurate seed starting information on my seed packs.
I think Piquins are easier to germinate that Tepins, but it wouldn’t hurt to treat them as well. Those who do not have access to guano can soak the seeds in a 10 percent bleach solution for a few hours, then rinse them off and plant. See page 93 and on in The Pepper Garden.