Stupid question of the night, don't laugh at me (too much). ;)
Have never grown veggies from seed. Usually purchase plants & do container gardening in my SW facing FL (9A) screen house. Purchased these amazing sweet red peppers from Sam's Club a few days ago and wondered if I could try to dry the seeds & plant them?
Don't see any sources for seed for this strain and wonder if anyone has any tips on how long to dry & start seedlings?
Lots of store peppers are hybrids so the seeds may not come true. However, if you can describe the type you purchased I might be able to help better.
I grew out some seeds of colorful small sweet peppers from Sam's or Trader Joe's or someplace nearly 8 or ten years ago and they came out true to the parent. These were multi-colored peppers in a pint container. Does that sound like what you have by any chance? Or are you working with a large bell pepper?
In any event, guess I'll give it a try - the worst that can happen is I get something else (or nothing at all). I was just wondering how long to dry the seed & if there is any certain procedure I should follow...?
Okay, those look worthy of seed saving to me, denise...
If they are red or orange they are in their mature stage. Any green ones (if those were included) are most likely not mature so just eat 'em up.
You can just scrape out the seeds by cutting the peppers open, if you like. If you want you can cut the flesh away from the seed area (seeds will be near the top of the pepper and attached to the stem end). Cut the stem off and put the seeds into a blender and cover with water, blend for a few seconds or so. This will separate the seeds from the flesh. Add some more water and whirl again. I'd pour it all into a mason jar or the like at this point. All the good seeds should sink and you can pour off the flesh/non-viable seeds, etc. Add more water, stir again, letting the seeds settle to the bottom then pour off the trash again. At this point you can pour the seeds out into a strainer the upturn it and tap it onto a waxed paper plate or wax paper. Those are the seeds you'll be working with. Let them dry out of the sun and you're good to go.
Those look a lot like some long, red sweet peppers I saw in "some" seed catalog recently.
If I find the catalog, I'll mention it to you.
I've been saving seeds from dried hot peppers from fruit stands and specialty vendors. I also suspect they are probably hybrids.
- small bright red (I guess Thai or Japanese - very hot, typical pizza-peppers)
- big dark red 'California' (Anaheim, probably - totally mild, almost sweet) and
- big dark red 'New Mexico' (mild with hint of heat).
I know the first two were not over-dried with heat, becuase I got them loosely packed at a fruit stand, not-quite-totally dry.
The pepper I was thinking of was in Parks as "Atris Hybrid", 65 days, sweet, horn-shaped, 9" long, thick walls, Royal Horticulture Society's Award of Garden Merit. It may not be the same as your "Ancient Sweets" (TM).
There were only two customer reviews, both very negative.
There was no comment about hybrid vs OP strain, and no cultivar name, just the name "Ancient Sweets" with no (TM).
It seems to me that they should be marketed under the variety name, not a marketing trademark, if it's a reputable offer. Even the fact that "Seeds and Things" advertised using the name "Ancient Sweets" without the "TM" is suspect.
I planted some seeds from a red pepper called "ancient sweets", bought in a discount store. I had 5 plants. One is in a pot in my greenhouse, and ripening nicely. The peppers look like a 6 to 7 inch long hot pepper, but are very sweet!
Yup, eyeballed them at 8-9" and now took out a measuring tape. 9" from crown to tip, not taking into consideration they're curved, so that'd add a bit. We've been eating them like candy (which is good, because Sam's Club packages are huge).
OT - interesting to find plants are designated F1, F2, etc via the Amazon posts. As we used to own an F3 bengal cat (RIP Rocko), I have an understanding of the lineage to "ancestor" plant.