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Overview

A gardener with a thriving pepper patch may decide to preserve some pepper seeds to use to grow future pepper plants. Preserving pepper seeds is a worthwhile activity for gardeners who enjoy experiencing the entire process of gardening from start to finish. After a short drying period, the pepper seeds will be ready to store for the next growing season. Imagine the satisfaction after you plant your own homegrown pepper seeds.

Step 1

Select any fully mature pepper specimen from the garden and take it inside to the kitchen.

Step 2

Place the pepper in the colander and wash the pepper under cool water.

Step 3

Line a baking sheet with two layers of paper towels for drying the pepper seeds.

Step 4

Place the gloves onto your hands if you are handling a hot pepper to protect your skin from the hot seeds.

Step 5

Set the pepper onto the cutting board and slice it in half from top to bottom to expose the center of the pepper.

Step 6

Remove the seeds gently from the insides of the peppers. Place the seeds immediately onto the prepared baking sheet. Work until you remove every seed you desire from the center of the pepper.

Step 7

Spread the pepper seeds out into a single layer on the baking sheet so they do not touch each other.

Step 8

Place the baking sheet in a warm and dry location with ample air circulation to dry the seeds. Allow the seeds to dry in this spot for approximately one week.

Step 9

Check the seeds after five days elapses. Try to bend a seed between your fingers. If it snaps, the seeds are sufficiently dry. If the seed merely bends, the seeds are not dry yet. Dry the seeds for two more days and check them again.

Step 10

Place the seeds into a plastic container and seal the lid. Label the container with the contents and save the seeds for planting next spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Fully mature pepper (any variety)
  • Surgical gloves
  • Colander
  • Baking sheet
  • Paper towels
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Plastic container (with lid)
  • Permanent marker

References

  • Wee Garden: Seeds, Preserving Seeds
  • Kids Gardening: Finding, Gathering, Saving Seeds
Keywords: preserving pepper seeds, homegrown pepper seeds, dry the seeds

About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.