My pepper seed saving experience
I burn about $20 a year buying pepper seed. Lucky if I have a 30% germination, so I thought I'd try saving last year's seed from Jalapeno, Jimmy Nardano, Hungarian Carrot, and a off-sport of Gypsy hybrid that showed up, a 6 inch long, 1" dia, thick-walled sweet pepper that turned red early. Maybe de-hybridize it.
The seeds came up like bandits. I also planted seeds for Lip Stick, Wonder Bell, Chili Noir, and some new Gypsy. I was careful to segregate the seedlings, planted three of the same variety in each container, segregated the ones in the garden, and set out maybe 120 plants.
So yesterday I was out harvesting some jalapeno to make pickled slices. Its hilarious - I don't think there are two plants out there that have the same fruit. Crossed all over the place - long skinny jalapenos, short stubby Jimmy Nardano, even the new Gypsy, lipstick, and wonder bell hybrid seed was messed up and they're every shape under the sun.
Even more frustrating, I can't tell which ones are hot and which are not - nibble the tip, but that doesn't help. Slice in half, lick the seed membrane, and yes, that one was hot, but now my tongue is burning and I can't tell if the next one I try is hot.