dehydrated seeds

gardendrivenlife(6)September 15, 2013

I used the dehydrater on some pods, set at 115 degrees. Do you think this will hurt the viability? I would like to send them out in trade this year. My second flush is still flowers and small pods. I'm not sure if they'll have enough time to harvest. TIA


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No expert here... But, by dehydrating seeds I would think the germination rate would be slim to none as they have been more or less "cooked" I personally would not trust them to sprout.


    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 1:26PM
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Agreed. Although I have had some seeds sprout from dried chiles from the supermarket, it was hit and miss... very low germ rates, if any. And I think they actually AIR dry those.

If you want to save seed, let ripen completely on plant and then a couple more weeks. Then, cut away as much flesh as possible and let air dry at room temp on a plate, etc. for a couple weeks. Knock seeds loose from placenta. Store in a cool, dry, dark place. Preferably in paper envelopes.


    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 5:14PM
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Thanks guys! My second crop for seed saving may not come in time. I think I'll run a germination test, you never know. It was set on a pretty low temp setting for 3 or 4 days. Maybe a little hotter than Mexico, lol.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 9:03PM
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Hate to run counter to the rest, but if you are sure you did it at 115 and not much higher then you might be OK.

I'm sure there are plenty of wild peppers that endure much higher than 115 and still germinate with no problem.

You could always give it a shot with a dozen or so seeds and the paper towel trick right now to see what happens. You should have an answer in less than two weeks.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 12:03AM
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I'm in agreement with Bill and Kevin. 115 is pretty much frying them. When germinating seeds the suggested temp is mid to upper 80s. I've more than once had my temp control turned up by a 2 year old grandkid to 98 or so for a few days and pretty much lost the batch that I was trying to germinate. The little guy saw me set the dial, so he thought he'd help and adjust the dial....needless to say we had very dried out seeds......


    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 7:01AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Why dehydrate pepper seeds?
They are almost dry when you get them out. They can be set on a towel on the counter OR wrap in paper towel(put a rubber band around it), keep next to your eggs/butter in the frig. They will get bone dry without any damage or spoilage.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 8:40AM
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I was drying the peppers, and would like to use the seeds that were w/them.Just not good enough planning on my part. I want to share in the big exchange(please, let it happen), because I was blessed last year.


    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 7:04PM
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