Saving Jalapeno Seeds - Blackish

sm00nieJune 19, 2013

Hi all,

I haven't done any gardening, other then helping my Mother years ago, however I decided to grow a few plants in my condo. Certain things like herbs are just ridiculously priced at the grocery store, so I started with those and I'm branching out from there.

I've been picking up peppers and tomatoes from my grocery store and the farmers market, and I've just been harvesting the seeds by placing them in a paper towel and locking them away for 1-2 weeks before planting and so far I've been successful in growing seedlings to 1' plants.

I've recently picked up some Jalapeno seeds and again, I placed the white seeds in a paper towel and stored them in a dry dark cabinet. Now, I decided to put a few in soil and start the germination process. The seeds however are now pretty dark with a lightly whitish center. I just placed a few in a damp paper towel now and it's resting on my refrigerator.

Is that normal, or do I need to harvest and save the seeds using a better method, other than the dry paper towel? I was looking online and the seeds for planting look pretty white.


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I think my jalapeños weren't com completely ripened. They were a dark shade of orange and not red. Hopefully, that's it... I have a few more of these. I guess I'll let a few sit in a dry area.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 9:29PM
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chervil2(z5 MA)

The seeds look like mine and have germinated okay. I let the jalapenos dry intact for many weeks. The peppers turn orange sometimes and lighten in weight. I only proceed with seed saving from the dry peppers that show no evidence of mold. I remove the seeds from the dry flesh and store the seeds in a paper envelope. For long term storage to preserve the seed freshness I place the envelope in a ziploc bag in the freezer. Be careful with the pepper oil on your fingers after the seed separation. I have accidently touched my eye and have been very sorry indeed.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 1:56PM
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