Answer: Burpee takes great care to maintain the best possible seed quality. It may be that the seeds you harvested were not yet fully mature, or it might be that the peppers you took them from were hybrids incapable of setting viable seed. Those would be my first two guesses as to why they did not germinate.
For more information about how Burpee ensures seed quality, you might want to contact Burpee directly. You may contact their customer service staff by e-mail: email@example.com or by phone: 1-800-333-5808.
For more information about saving your own seed, you might take a look at a book or two; one I particularly like is "Saving Seeds: The Gardener's Guide to Growing and Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds" by Marc Rogers, ISBN 0-88266-634-7, Storey Communications.
Good luck with your project.
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