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How to Grow Peppers! Propagating Peppers!

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I Hope you enjoyed this instructable, it was my first so i would more than love comments and feed back. And another note, if you do this project and have really sucky bell peppers, it is probably because you harvested seeds from a hybridized pepper plant, so your plants may be inferior to the original plant. No worries though, its all for fun. xD

One last thing, if you plan on starting bell peppers now, you are going to need to move them indoors for winter because they will die if the weather frosts.

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Thank you for a brilliant post, I live in a really cold area at this time of the year but will be starting some peppers inside after watching your project.
happy gardening and post again
angel x
naveedasif3 years ago
Its too good to see this Instructable. i am a plants and gardening lover and i love to learn this. i will try this as soon as possible. God Bless you.
rosewood5134 years ago
I've been gardening for about 40 years, you really did a great job!!
I usually buy organic veggies when I try to extract seeds for drying.
Not a guarantee but I usually get the good ones.
Nice peppers,
Mine are not always as nice, peppers are a small challenge.  8)
Omaha5 years ago
Thanks for the great instructable! I have a couple questions and concerns though before I try it. First, you mentioned not using hybrids, which always makes sense because the plant reverts to its base type (usually as you mentioned, not good). But, when you get the seeds from fruit at the store, then how do you know whether they are hybrids or not? I have propagated heirloom tomatoes in a similar manner, and one of the primary issue with this approach of growing multiple varieties from seeds is cross pollination. For tomatoes you need to make sure that other varieties, including hybrids are separated by at least 50 yards to make sure that you end up with what you expected. My concern about peppers is related mostly to the crossing of hot and sweet pepper varieties, Since you have used different color varieties, have you seen strange color results? Do you manually pollinate the plants or do you count on bees doing the job? The whole pollination issue was not discussed in your instructable. Is this an oversight or for peppers is pollination not an issue? As I said your instructable is great. I intend to try it, but I want to make sure that I do it right so that it works correctly the first time. Thanks!!!!
Peale Omaha4 years ago
Peppers are one of the few plants that are "self pollenating."  You can still crossbreed them if you mix pollen from two different plants, but you can get your plants to produce fruit if you gently touch the flowers with your finger.
thenear1send (author)  Omaha5 years ago
Your first question... Knowing whether the peppers are hybrids or not from groceries and stuff... I don't know really, BUT if you purchase some peppers, save the stickers on them with company name, and do some research about the company, or even, get the companies phone number and ask them personally whether they are hybrids or not. Because of the expense of growing plants to get hybrid seeds-- to grow other hybridized plants-- i couldn't imagine how they could afford to mass produce hybridized produce. And your second group of questions, Yes i know i didn't write about cross pollination, primary reason being, i am not an expert on pollination. Also, i have never seed saved from peppers i have grown, i usually have tons of pepper seeds stored from harvesting otherwise. But, if you were to get serious into growing peppers, hand pollination would be a good idea, ive never gotten the technique down so i usually don't bother much with it. And if you are growing hot peppers and bell / sweet peppers, there is nothing to worry about if they do cross pollinate ONLY IF you do not seed save and grow from those. But another thing to not worry about when growing hots and sweets, is that many, but NOT ALL, hot peppers are of a different species than the bells and sweets, (i don't know their Latin names). And if your paranoid about them crossing, building physical barriers between the two species is a good option, and by physical barriers, i mean nets to keep bees from pollinating the two species simultaneously. And another note, i'm not sure whether you know this already or not, but, cross pollination does NOT affect the FRUIT of the current plant growing the fruit. Cross pollination WILL affect the fruit if the seeds were seed SAVED and planted again. Those fruits would be of the mixed-ness. Hope that helped! Next spring im planning on growing lots of varieties of peppers and will do some experiments then, but as of now, i dont know a lot about the whole pollination deal. Well, i hope you start planing 'em soon -thenear1send
JStrobel5 years ago
Thanks! I enjoyed and appreciated all the tips. You did a great job. Your bells came out beautiful. Do you know why my bells are small? Some are the size of an orange and some are the size of a kiwi and are turning red, which are my fav.
thenear1send (author)  JStrobel5 years ago
Im glad you liked my instructable! Yeah, peppers are really odd plants, I noticed the same thing you mentioned, because ive seen peppers fit right around that same spectrum you described. To me, they're just fine either way, and im not sure of anyways to maximize your peppers size, but its not like your doing anything wrong. Well, again, glad you liked the instructable
Excellent presentation.Even people with no experience and love of gardening will be encouraged to grow their own sweet pepper!
I loved your Instructable. I like it a whole lot, because it is very much to the point without a lot of unneccesary information that is found in many of these posts. I just have a couple of suggestions. The only thing you really didn't address is soil acidity. With peppers especially, you really want a pH of about 6.5. You can adjust this up or down, but keep in mind, the more acidic your soil, the sharper the taste of the pepper. Also, for colored varieties such as the red, yellow or orange - you may harvest when they are green and set them aside to become ripe, but if you have patience and wait for them to fully color before you harvest, you will end up with a much sweeter pepper. Just a couple of suggestions.
ojosjenn5 years ago
I found your instructable very helpful...I just have a few questions...my son is doing a project for his school's science fair and we decided to use the topic "how do different nutrients affect seed germination?" So I used seeds from a green bell pepper, dried them out for a few days and we planted a few in 4 plasic cups with potting soil. I have them indoors...I am just nervous that this will not work properly...he has to hand the project results in by November 20th and I just want to make sure that is enough time for a seedling to emerge and be able to measure the differences in growth...what do you think? How long before we see anything emerging from the cups? P.S. We live in New Jersey where it is about 65 degrees out now so I am doing this all indoors.. Ahhh the things we do for our children :) Help!!
iMac ojosjenn5 years ago
In my experience, seeds have germinated in anywhere from 6-14 days. To get them going in 6 days requires near perfect conditions-- warm (pro seed growers use heating mats or the [expensive] heated seed germination trays you can get at the store) and they need a good deal of light, a bright window will be sufficient, but if not able to be supplied with enough light, they will grow tall and skinny and tip over eventually (had that happen TONS of times when plantings stuff in shadey areas) and to supplement not having enough light, or not ~12 hrs of light when indoors, just pop them under a lamp or something, i definitely wouldn't go out of the way to set up a professional like system, but extra light helps.. And if they take much longer to germinate like 14 days, ive had that happen is where ive scattered a couple bells worth of seeds around somewhere and barely watered it. then a couple weeks later, youve got a forest..

Well in your time frame, Nov 20th might be pushing it if it comes to extremes, which id doubt would happen, but otherwise, you should get sprouts relatively soon. Id expect them in probably 10 days. Enough time to do various tests on your peppers.

Heres link to a cool site which did huge tests with different chemicals, and mediums with various different stuff while growing things.

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/hort/facilities/greenhouse/101results.shtml
iMac iMac5 years ago
PS. iMac is my brothers account. But thenear1send, wrote this reply, id didnt check to see if i was logged in xD Hope all goes well with your project!
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