The peppers suffered from too many transplants. But, they are quick to bounce back. Here is a pic of them from today:
This article is going to talk about how to Grow Seeds from Store Bought Peppers. First, let’s get a few things out of the way
- In order for seeds to be viable, the pepper they are taken from must (should) be ripe. Seeds from green peppers are not likely to be viable, though some may be.
- When handling hot peppers I recommend using gloves, and even a face mask, if you are sensitive. EVERY time I have taken seeds from a hot pepper my lips have started tingling for some reason.
- These instructions should work for any pepper. The ones I am using here is a chili that is native to the Dominican Republic
The next step is to remove the seeds with a knife and dry them out. You can place them on a napkin if you like. I placed mine in a colander. The dry pretty quickly.
Here are some thing to remember:
- Some peppers will have the “placenta,” seed pod, turn mushy. For example, in the peppers above the seed pods was mushy and I found it impossible to clean the seeds off completely. I dried them with seed pod “paste” all over them. When I planted them the seeds began to mold, but that did not seem to affect germination, which happened within about a week.
- Some will get stuck to the napkin if you use that method to dry them. Just gently scrape them off. A little bit of napkin in the soil will not hurt anything.
There are many methods of germinating pepper seeds. I prefer directly into moist soil.
Some people like to wet a napkin or paper towel, wring it out until its moist, put the seeds onto it and fold it over the seeds. This is then placed into a ziplock baggie, and placed in a warm place until the seeds sprout. I like this method for some seeds, but not for pepper seeds. They are very small and fragile, and I just don’t prefer the wet paper towel method for them.
After just about a week or so, the seeds sprouted. Here is a pic of young pepper sprouts. They suffered some setbacks because I put them into full sun way too soon. Now they are recovering in the shade on the balcony.