Does anyone know if a single pepper pod can produce seeds that are different from each other?
Some true to the plant and others crossed in the same pod.
I know a plant can have a pod thats seeds grow something different than another pod off the same plant.
I know people who keep their pods seeds separate until they grow a few out before mixing them together in case a couple pods got crossed even thoufgh they tried to isolate the flowers.
I purchase a hot pepper plant called Pretty-in-Purple last year. Some of the saved seeds spouted short and purple seedlings, others taller and green. Possibly a hybrid or could have been cross pollinated. I left the plant in a pot not far from a couple of other potted hot pepper plants. Personally if I want pure seeds I purchase them from a reputable supplier.
As mentioned, I don't bother with saving seeds, and until just recently I had not seen the Pretty-in-Purple advertised in any seed catalogs. I liked the plant well enough to use it as a border in a new flower bed I'm planning this year, so I saved the seeds. Thought about tossing the larger green seedlings and just planting the smaller purple ones, but just for fun, I think I will plant some of both to see what results is.