Spicy exchange / 2023
Why save seeds?
Not sure where to start? I've put together a 34-page guide to help you grow an abundant harvest.
Work with fully mature peppers before seed-saving. For instance, if you enjoy jalapeños when they’re green, wait for them to turn red and reach their full maturity before harvesting seeds.
Lay out your harvested seeds on a plate or hard surface (avoid paper towels, as their porous surface may encourage germination rather than drying). Make sure the seeds are in a single layer with space between each. Leave them in a well-ventilated area for about a week to dry.
As a rule of thumb, never save seeds from any plant that has displayed signs of disease. For extra protection against diseases, you may opt to sterilize your seeds before planting.
The "green thumb" is a myth — with the right information, anyone can successfully grow peppers. Enjoy this free 34-page guide to help you grow an abundant harvest.