How to Prepare Green Pepper & Strawberry Seeds to Plant


Before you attempt to grow your favorite green pepper and strawberry varieties, you must get your seeds ready to be planted in the ground. Pepper and strawberry seeds are susceptible to various bacteria diseases that make the plant unable to push through the soil (germinate), not bear fruit and/or eventually die. By performing a few key preventative measures you can prepare your own green pepper and strawberry seeds so that you can successfully plant them.

Get Your Green Pepper Seeds Ready

Step 1

Place your green pepper seeds in a nylon bag.

Step 2

Fill a pan with water and heat it until it reaches 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a tea or laboratory thermometer to test for this temperature.

Step 3

Position the nylon bag in the water and keep it there for 30 minutes. Agitate the water around the bag by stirring it every so often.

Step 4

Place the bag in a cup of cold water to stop the heat.

Step 5

Spread the seeds out on a paper towel to allow them to dry. Every couple of days for a week, turn the seeds so that all areas dry completely.

Get Your Strawberry Seeds Ready

Step 1

View your strawberry seeds and discard any that appear disfigured, straw colored or empty inside. These removed seeds have potentially been damaged by pests or other environmental factors.

Step 2

Drop your seeds in an airtight container and place the container in a freezer for two to four weeks. This process mimics the winter season necessary before the strawberries can grow.

Step 3

Retrieve your container from the freezer and take the lid off so that the seeds return to room temperature before you plant them. It generally takes a few hours before the seeds are properly warmed up.

Things You'll Need

  • Nylon bag
  • Pan with water
  • Stove
  • Tea or laboratory thermometer
  • Spoon
  • Cup of cold water
  • Paper towel
  • Airtight container
  • Freezer


  • Cornell University: Pepper Bacterial spot fact sheet
  • Organica Seed: Strawberry Seed Growing Information

Who Can Help

  • New Mexico State University: The Chile Pepper Institute
  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Strawberries
Keywords: green pepper seeds, strawberry seeds, prepare green pepper and strawberry seeds

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Jenny Glass has been writing professionally since 2001 and is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. In addition to writing for Demand Studios, she has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" and runs her own art glass business.