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10/22/2010

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jill Davidson

I have a beautiful serrano pepper (purchased) and I would like to know if I can collect the seed - and how I would preserve it- and plant for growing?
I have done this with garlic and tomatoes and would love to grow this pepper.
Jill

H. Mark Delman


Hi Jill:


As long as you have an open pollinated pepper (not a hybrid) and a serrano would be an open pollinated plant, the seeds you save will produce the same peppers next year.


Peppers are self-pollinating, so you dont really need to do anything special to get them to set seeds.


To save pepper seeds, harvest some of the red peppers (you want mature peppers, not ones that are just turning red). Remove the pepper seeds from the pods and place them on a paper towel in a dry place for a couple of days. Thats all there is to it.


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-PlanterTomato

Entreri514

I only started growing in 2011 and then only grew anaheim peppers. The did so well that this year I also tried, orange bells, jalapenos, pablanos, habaneros, and serranos. Some small luck with the bells and jalapenos but somewhat disappointing. Very little with the pablanos and got 1 (one) habanero out of 3 plants and it was fingernail sized as it came right before the frost that killed the pepper plants..lol. The serranos were a different story!! 3 plants planted late april and died early november, and over 500 peppers between the 3!! Awesome plants!!! Going with 6 next year :) (all of the peppers were one plant per 5 gal bucket btw and ordinary potting soil with only 2 doses of fertilizer)

Kristina

Hi, Mark,
I live in UK and have managed to succeessfully grow five Serano chilies in a plant pot. The gave a lot of fruit, although the fruit did not much longer than 5cm and it was far less spicy than jalapenos. I have now moved and I think the chili plants did not handle to move very well: it lost most of its' leaves and the remaining ones look kinda slightly wilted and yellowish. Just as I was thinking of chucking the plants out, some started growing small new leaves and there was even one flower. I keep the soil moist and the plants are away from any draughts, in direct sunlight in the window. Do you think it is worht bothering with this lot or should I just plant new seeds?

Pam Patete

I have heard that the heat of a pepper is directly correlated to the "heat"/ temperature it is grown in. Hot temps equals hot peppers so UK may not be hot enough to give the "hot" most associate with the serrano. I bet it still has delicious flavor though.
Pam

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