Step 3: Harvesting the Seeds

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First, you need to get a knife and chop of the top of the pepper and remove the core, which contains the seeds. Heres an instuctable on Seeding Peppers.

I was dealing with 3 different variaties of peppers so if you are too, then next, you need to prepare some containers for putting the seeds into, i used some cups. 2 green bells I seeded filled a glass about a third of the way up with seeds! So odds are you are going to end up with a lot of seeds, probably more than you need, so when you plant, you can afford to plant extras in case you have some dud seeds.

Heres a test for checking if you have dud seeds, but in my experience it hasn't seemed to be accurate. But if it works for you, then thats great, but if it doesnt work.. then dont be let down and continue on.

Heres how the test goes..

- First, take out a glass/cup and fill it with your seeds.
- Then slowly add water to the cup, submerging all the seeds
( I did it vice versa in the pictures but you should do it as above for best results )

The test says that the good seeds will sink to the bottom of the glass, while the dud seeds will remain floating at the top.

Finally, you can either strain or pick out the good seeds.

But I question this test's accuracy because I've had many batches of seeds without a single sinker which had seeds that germinated. So you can always try this out for yourself if you want, and if it works for you, great! But if it doesn't, don't doubt your seeds, and continue as normal. The only reason i brought it up is that many gardeners and books say that floating pepper seeds wont germinate.

Another note, some varieties may have tons of seeds while some may have very little. In my pictures you can compare the amount i got from the red peppers verses the green ones. The red bell pepper I collected seeds from didn't have near as many as the green pepper.
CapnChkn1 year ago

Freshly harvested Pepper seeds should be put in a jar, screw the top on, and shaker up gude! When the seeds stop twirling around, the ones that sink are the good ones.

If the seed is old and dried out, you should soak them for a long while and shake it then. Viability decreases with age. after a few years there's no chance of the seed germinating. Stored in an airtight container and kept in the freezer will keep the dried seed for longer. Allow the container to reach room temperature with the lid on to avoid condensation on dried materials.

Dry the seed in front of a fan, stirring occasionally. If the seed comes from really hot peppers, you should add a little dish liquid to the water and dissolve the oil which contains the capsaicinoids, and you may keep your head while processing further. Dried seed should be separated from chaff by threshing.


Scatcat5 years ago
My grand parents always used paper envelopes to store there seeds and they always had good luck with them.
matchett8086 years ago
Hi, Th test for "duds" is actually true....but its not for plant seeds....its for fish eggs in farmed trout. I saw it on a programme on the discovery chanel but cant find it in a quick google search
thumpergirl6 years ago
One thing I want to let you know is that it is not a good idea to store your treasured seeds in little baggies.they say it encourages rotting,etc.Ive always done the same as you,put in the bags,but it was just brought to my attention.Now i think about it,Ive lost seeds to rotting alot. This is fun isnt it?