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I purchased a lovely container containing a Black Pearl Ornamental pepper plant. It is really pretty and I want to sow seeds next year. How do I collect the seed. The peppers which start out a deep purple eventually turn red. This is probably the time the seeds are ripe. How do I extract the seed? Do I totally dry the red peppers?
Peppers are easy. Pick a pepper when it is really ripe and cut it open. It's easy to rub the seed off onto a paper plate or aluminum pie tin. When they are completely dry you can put them in what ever you want to store them. I use pill bottles.
Please be careful so you don't touch your eyes, nose,well any mucous membranes after handling peppers . Unless you know they are sweet peppers. I wear gloves and still manage to mess it up. Lol. My teenage son, who knows better, went to the restroom after cutting up some Jals. He ended up setting with an icepack on his lap for an hour. And he thinks I'm embarrassing!
If you have any extra seeds you would like to trade please dmail me. I have many varieties of peppers but that is one I haven't tried. Please let me know, you cansend me the pod and I'll deal with the seeds. Lol
1lisac, I did the same thing almost fifty years ago while working for a city greenhouse. The parks director assigned me the task of planting hundreds of Christmas pepper plants which he distributed to city workers and church friends. I can't describe how painful that was, but I will never forget the incident. I would however suggest a double layer of those disposable gloves when working with the hot hot peppers. I have found a single layer to sometimes be ineffective. Even cooking hot peppers can be a dangerous thing. I use six to ten chopped cayenne peppers in my version of mom's green bean dish. I start with 1-inch squares of bacon and the chopped peppers before adding green beans, potatoes, and onions. When heated bacon splatters, the addition of hot peppers can be extremely dangerous. You must wear safety goggles when preparing this dish.