Hot pepper seeds can be stored for a long time if handled and stored correctly.
Store the seeds in a cool, dark place. An ideal temperature is around 5 to 10 degrees Celsius. A cellar or refrigerator are good options.
Place the dry pepper seeds in an airtight container, such as a glass jar or a sealed plastic bag. Ensure that as little air as possible comes into contact with the seeds because humidity and oxygen can reduce germination capacity.
You can naturally dry peppers. In our experience, it's best to cut the peppers open first to avoid mold. Then, hang them in a well-ventilated place to dry.
You can also use a food dehydrator.
If you don't have a food dehydrator, you can also dry them in a regular oven. Set it to a low temperature, around 50 degrees Celsius. Leave the oven slightly ajar to allow moisture to escape, for example, by placing a wooden spoon between the door. This helps accelerate the drying process and remove moisture in a controlled manner. Drying may take several hours. Check the peppers regularly to see if they are completely dry; they should feel completely dry and crispy.
Jalapeños are generally green when they are unripe, but they can ripen and change color as they get older. Most people associate jalapeños with their green color, and you can certainly harvest and use jalapeño peppers when they are green. They will have a sharp, spicy flavor.
However, jalapeños can also ripen and change color to red or even purple, depending on the variety and growing conditions. When jalapeños ripen and change color, they often develop a sweeter and deeper flavor. Most people consider ripe red jalapeños to be less spicy than their green counterparts.
Some growers delve into the science of soil pH levels and potassium content. In our experience, simple, inexpensive tomato plant fertilizer works quite well. This type of fertilizer is widely available.
Initially, potting soil contains sufficient nutrients, so additional feeding is not necessary in the beginning.
We test germination rates ourselves. Additionally, all seeds are tested for quality by NakTuinbouw. Our phytosanitary registration number with NakTuinbouw is NL-189328983. You can find the registered companies here.
Furthermore, our seeds come with a plant passport.
Yes, you can use seeds from your own harvest to sow again. Collecting and storing seeds from healthy, ripe peppers is a sustainable way to produce your own seeds for future peppers.
Let the peppers fully ripen on the plant before harvesting them. Ripe peppers tend to have seeds that will germinate well.
You can either dry the seeds first or use them directly.
Cut open the ripe peppers and remove the seeds. Try to separate the seeds as much as possible from the flesh. We recommend wearing (latex) gloves to avoid getting the sharp capsaicin on your hands.
Place the removed seeds on a plate or a piece of cardboard. Do not use a paper towel as the seeds can stick to it and may get damaged when removed. Let them dry for 2 weeks in a well-ventilated place, away from direct sunlight.
Yes, you can use seeds from a pepper you bought at the supermarket to try growing new pepper plants.
Keep in mind that seeds from supermarket peppers may not always have the same characteristics as the original plant because supermarket peppers are often hybrid varieties. Nonetheless, it's a fun and cost-effective way to try growing your own peppers and see what variations emerge.
Pepper X is now officially the world's spiciest pepper according to the Guinness World Records. However, the person who created it, Ed Currie, has decided not to sell its seeds, making it difficult for people to grow it themselves. Currie says that Pepper X is a patented type, and he won't share its seeds with the public.
Be careful if you see Pepper X seeds for sale on other websites, as they're likely not the real deal.