Don't pick hot and mild peppers or they will all be hot?

goldenecho(Z8 (Waco TX))November 9, 2011

I saw this advice on another gardening page:

Don't pick hot and mild peppers or they will all be hot.

Does that mean if you grow hot and mild peppers together the mild peppers will turn hot?

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thenewmidwestchilehead

Don't believe everything you read. Hot and mild peppers can grow together just fine. The hot ones will be hot and the mild ones will be mild. However, if you save seeds from each, there is a chance that cross-pollenation has occurred and the second generation will be a hybrid of the two, so your mild peppers may be hot and your hot peppers mild. If you isolate them somehow, you reduce the risk of cross-pollenation. But again, the crosses will not show up until the 2d generation.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 3:00AM
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orgogal(z5)

Somewhere I heard that the since the seeds and membranes hold the heat - if they cross pollinate the sweets will be hot. Not true? Would love to hear about this. It would make planning the garden a lot easier. :)

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 7:13AM
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willardb3

Words will hold still for anybody..........

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 8:31AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Seeds don't hold any heat.

Josh

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 9:43AM
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goldenecho(Z8 (Waco TX))

Thanks everyone. The cross polination makes more sense then just having them planted together.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 10:09AM
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nc_crn

If sweet/hot cross pollinate the NEXT generation's plants will most likely (almost 100%) be hot if you save that seed and plant it. The peppers you pick off the plant (or even the cross pollinated flower/pod) will not be effected in flavor/heat for the current season.

Heat is a very dominate trait in peppers.

Think of it as having a kid. When someone gets pregnant it's the offspring showing the genetic mix, not mom.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 3:14PM
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