How to Save Bell Pepper Seeds

Over the weekend the nighttime low temperatures in parts of Oklahoma dipped down into the 40's. Frost will be right on the heels of that! Our first frost date is nearly a month away, but that's an average, not something to be counted on.

The first step in my late garden strategy is to save seeds from my best sweet pepper plant. This plant has outdone the others in productivity, and if I'm going to save seeds I should put my efforts into seeds from this plant.

I chose a pepper and let it ripen. "Green peppers" usually turn red when they are completely ripe. When it became wrinkly and soft it was time to pick it. 

Here is how a ripe pepper looks inside, with the seeds turned dark and dry.

I scraped the seeds off carefully using a paring knife.

I set the seeds on a paper towel and let them dry for a few days. (The penny is for size comparison.)

Then I packed them into an empty pill bottle, labeled it, and stored it in the freezer until spring. I will continue to add seeds to the bottle until frost arrives.

Do you save seeds?

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  1. This was great! We shared at FB page and our local seed swap page.

  2. Thank you very much, Tessa!

  3. I tried to save seeds from green chiles that I picked in Hatch, NM, but I couldn't ever get them to sprout. Maybe I didn't let them dry out long enough though -- so I'll try your method and see if I have any more success :)

    Thanks for linking up to Natural Living Monday!

  4. Maybe the chiles needed to ripen longer? I hope you will be successful next time!