How to Dry Pepper Seeds for Planting

Overview

The quality of your pepper plants and harvest are directly related to the quality of your original seeds. Your next pepper harvest starts when you save the seeds from your last pepper harvest. In order to have healthy seeds that will easily germinate, they need to be properly dried and stored. The following are seed drying tips that apply to all varieties of peppers.

Step 1

Lay out a paper plate with a paper towel on top of it. Set aside.

Step 2

Select a fresh pepper in the peak of its ripe stage. Cut off the top of the pepper with a sharp knife, and scoop out the seeds with your fingers or a spoon. Separate any debris from the seeds, and spread the seeds out in a single layer on the paper towel.

Step 3

Set the plate with the seeds in the sun, a sunny window or near a heater. Allow the seeds to dry for three to four days.

Step 4

Write the type of seeds you are drying, and the date, on a paper envelope. Put the seeds in the paper envelope and store them in a dry area with good air circulation. You may also store the envelopes in a sealed plastic container in the refrigerator. If you choose this method, allow the seeds to reach room temperature before opening the plastic package, otherwise moisture may gather on the cold seeds.

Tips and Warnings

  • If working with hot peppers, always use plastic gloves to prevent burns to your skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Paper envelopes
  • Plastic container (if desired)

References

  • University of Minnesota Extension: Saving Vegetable Seeds
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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.