The Q&A Archives: Science Fair Experiment - Pepper Seeds

Question: I am in 3rd grade and doing a science experiment on pepper seeds. I planted Burpee seeds which grew. I planted seeds right out of a pepper and seeds out of a pepper which I dried for 10 days before planting. The seeds from the pepper and dried seeds did not grow yet after 15 days.

What does Burpee do to seeds to make them grow better that the seeds I took out of a pepper?

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: 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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