Couple questions regarding seeds

esox07August 8, 2011

First off, if you have pods that you want to harvest seeds from to grow next season, what is the best way to do it? Is it OK to dry the seeds along with the pod in a dehydrator or should you only air dry the seeds. Is it better to harvest the seeds and dry them separately? How dry should you get the seeds.

Second: I grew some Hot Hungarian Wax peppers in close proximity to other varieties. What can I expect from the seeds that I harvest from the pods the Hot Hungarian Wax peppers produce? Will they grow new hot hung wax peppers or possibly hybrids of the Cayennes, Habaneros and Charlestons growing near it? I would just buy new pure seeds from a reputable dealer except that I really like the peppers I got from my two Hot Hungarian plants and I am not even positive that is what they are. I bought them as Hot Banana Peppers but I have since been advised that they are probably Hot Hungarian Wax Peppers. So, if i grow plants from their seeds, will they produce identical plants or can I expect some hybridization.

Bruce

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tsheets(5)

Not an expert in this area, but, I have had success cutting open a fresh ripe pod and just saving the seeds on a paper plate. I have never tried drying them in the pepper and germinating them.

regarding saving your seeds / cross pollination... There's a good chance they will not be hybrids, just because they are perfect flowers...better chance they will pollinate themselves. But, if you want to be sure, you can bag (tulle fabric is good) a couple blooms before they open. Then when/if a pod is produced inside the bag, keep a twist tie for a marker so you don't loose track of the one you bagged. Use those seeds for certainty. Of course, if they were a hybrid to start with, no guarantees on the traits in the successive generations. Depends on how stable the hybrid was.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 4:55PM
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habjolokia

Not too sure if your peppers crossed always a possibility at least you bagged some of your Bhuts. I had success with Bhut pods by cutting in 1/2 leaving the seeds in and air drying as well as plucking seeds out of the pods and drying on a paper towel. As for how long never measured but you will know by looking at the pepper and it's so dried it can't dry any further. Then I put in a zip lock freezer bag with a napkin or paper towel to absorb any moisture if any became present and stored in the kitchen cabinet. I had 90% germination the next season.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 5:18PM
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esox07

Thanks tsheets. Pretty much answered my questions. I know about bagging blooms. I did that on one of my Ghost Pepper plants this year...I wound up with three pods that are guaranteed to be pure.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 5:33PM
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esox07

Thanks all you guys..questions answered...what more can I hope for.
Have a good growing week all.
Bruce

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 5:40PM
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