How to Save Capsicum and Chilli (Capsicum frutescens) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2759
Binomial name: Capsicum frutescens
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Pollination||Self-pollinated and insect pollinated|
|Other Isolation Methods||Isolation cages or cover flowers with paper bags.|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||1|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||5-20|
|When to Harvest||When fruits ripen to their final colour.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut individual fruits from the plant as they mature. Cut open the fruits and scrape the seeds out; rinse to remove any pulp. Alternatively, blend fruit with water in a food processor fitted with a dough blade. Decant the flesh; repeat several times until water is clear and only seeds remain. Wear gloves when handling seeds and avoid touching eyes and skin; processing seeds outdoors is desirable.
|How to Clean||
Rinse seeds thoroughly to remove any remaining flesh and spread them on a plate to dry.
|Image of Seeds|
May cross-pollinate with other capsicum species (Capsicum annum, C. chinense and C. baccatum).
What is Seed Saving?
Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use.