Saving Hot Pepper Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Marysville, CA
Question by vampyre
December 9, 1997
I want to start growing my hot peppers from seeds obtained from previous crops. How do I determine which seeds are good for growing, and how do I preserve them after harvesting the peppers from the plant?


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Answer from NGA
December 9, 1997

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You can test the germination of any type of seed by taking about 10 seeds, placing them between moist paper towels in a plastic bag. Place the bag in a warm place, such as the top of your fridge, and check the seeds in a week or ten days to see how many are beginning to sprout. The result will give you the percent of probable germination of the lot.

Remove the seeds from your fully ripened peppers and allow them to air dry. They need to be really dry - if they are hard and crunchy when you bite onto them, they should store well. Then put them in an air tight container and store in a cool, dark location.

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