Seeds forum: collecting pepper seeds

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Apr 12, 2010 11:39 AM CST
hi, ok, I know that hybrids don't produce true, but with peppers, if they don't say "hybrid" in their name, can you collect the seeds with confidence? I have checked and
checked and very few state "hybrid" anywhere in the title or description. Thing is, a friend and I did an herb fair this last weekend and had a WONDERFUL time. The peppers were a BIG hit. So, next year I need to start more plants and pepper seeds aren't cheap so I was hoping to collect many of my own to save on seed purchases.
How can I know for sure that they will produce true?
Name: Remy
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
May 12, 2010 7:07 PM CST
Hybrids sold by any good company will state either hybrid or F1 after the name. So that is very easy to check. The thing you need to worry about is cross pollination with your plants. Though capable of self-pollinating, peppers will cross when grown in close proximity. You need about 500 feet between varieties. Having other plants in between or placing on opposite sides of buildings can help. You don't want a direct line for the insects to follow(bee line, lol) from one type of pepper to the other.
Hope that helps,

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