grocery store seeds

sammorganJanuary 2, 2013

HI
I have saved a few pepper seeds from peppers bought in a local grocery store. I pulled them out of the peppers and have dried them. Will they grow? I thought that I read that some people had success but then noticed that others were saying that they won't grow as they are hybrids....Can someone let me know? I don't want to waste my time planting them indoors for them not to work.
Thanks for all of your help.
Sam

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greylady_gardener

seeds from hybrids will usually not come true, but they should grow. You will probably not get the exact fruit that the seed came from but it will still be fine.
I have saved seeds from tomatoes etc. and they have grown just fine and produces nice tomatoes.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 12:43PM
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sammorgan

Thanks...so when you say that it will not be the exact fruit that I got the seed from, do you mean that it will be a smaller version or just funky looking?

    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 1:44PM
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greylady_gardener

lol! not funky looking, just not the identical fruit. You probably wouldn't even realize the difference.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 3:10PM
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jocelynpei

There are all kinds of seeds available in the grocery store. I have some seedling peaches from the store and they have made at least one winter, so they are hardy here. Cabbages will root and make yellow flowers with long pods of tiny black seeds. We have a nice line of tomatoes we have saved over quite a few years that came originally from the store and had additions as the bees got busy. Apples work well too and some turn out VERY tasty.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 10:36AM
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xaroline(zone 3 Calgary)

And don't forget the seeds and grains in the grocery store.
I have grown quinoa, flax, beans, buckwheat from grocery store.
Caroline

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 10:55AM
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northerner_on(Z5A ONCanada)

I too have grown many plants from grocery store seeds. One thing to be aware of with peppers is that they are ripe. Most sweet peppers in the grocery store are green in colour and not mature. For pepper seeds to germinate they must be from red ones. As for hot peppers I have grown habaneros from grocery store fruit, as well as some called Jamaica hot, but the Jalapenos which are sold green in the grocery store are not mature. I have never seen red Jalapenos in the grocery store, but they do turn red when mature. I would test a few of the seeds you have by germinating them folded in a damp coffee filter placed in a baggie on top of your cable box. They should sprout in about ten days.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 6:45AM
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ianna(Z5b)

Yes they do grow, but many will probably not grow true to form, for example like meyer lemons. Most Asian peppers will grow true to form. I've done it.

Beyond seeds, you can grow such things like pineapples from the tops a pineapple. Once the plant produces a fruit though the mother plant will die..

    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 4:03PM
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