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If I save the seeds from my grocery store peppers, can I grow a plant from them that'll bear fruit?


I've heard that most grocery store produce is from hybrid varieties which means that planting seeds from them would produce a plant that does not bear fruit. First, is this true, and second, (if it is true) are there any that are likely not to be hybrid and how would I know?? I miss having pepper plants and was wondering if saving and planting seeds from jalapeno and bell peppers might actually produce some yummy peppers!

 

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    Jessica (jezebellamina) 4 years ago

    Thanks for the great info. I know people who grow their own tomatoes & peppers; not sure why I didn't think before to ask them for seeds (or some of their harvested fruits)! I may try a side by side experiment just for fun - heirloom v. grocery

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    Jessica (jezebellamina) 4 years ago

    Thank you; I'd heard that they wouldn't bear fruit at all but I think I'll try it to see what happens. I'm ok with a surprise variety; I just like the idea of growing my own from saved seeds. And if nothing happens, I won't be to surprised either!

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    Jessica (jezebellamina) 4 years ago

    I toss all of my vegetable waste on the compost pile but have not noticed anything sprout there yet. It is in a very shaded spot; not much sunlight at all. Thanks for sharing; this is good to know!!

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    Jessica (jezebellamina) 4 years ago

    Great point - wouldn't have thought of that! Thanks for your answer; I will definitely experiment - since it's really just for fun anyway (not like I'm trying to start a farm, lol!) . Farmer's market produce is tastier, so already a good start!