How to Harvest Bell Pepper Seeds

Overview

One of the best ways to enjoy your garden's bell pepper harvest, year after year, is to harvest the seeds from the peppers you have grown. When you harvest your own seeds you not only save money, but you also are already aware of the quality of bell peppers that you can expect at harvest time. Harvesting bell pepper seeds is a matter of following a few simple steps.

Step 1

Leave a few bell peppers on the plant and allow them to become overripe. When the skin becomes slightly wrinkled, pull them from the plant.

Step 2

Cut the bottom off the bell pepper.

Step 3

Scoop the pepper seeds out from the inside of the pepper. You can do this with your fingers or by inserting a spoon and scraping them out.

Step 4

Place the seeds on a paper towel to dry for two to three hours and discard any large pieces of pepper flesh that may have come out of the pepper with the seeds.

Step 5

Put the seeds in a paper envelope, then store the envelope in a sealed container, such as a glass jar or plastic container. Place the seeds in a cool area where the temperature is between 32 and 42 degrees, such as a refrigerator.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not wash the pepper seeds before storing them, as any excess moisture that does not dry completely can cause the seeds to rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Paper towel
  • Paper envelope
  • Glass jar or plastic storage container

References

  • University of Minnesota Extension: Saving Vegetable Seeds
  • International Seed Saving Institute: Recommended seeds for Beginners
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About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.