7 easy steps to saving seeds from homegrown Peppers

Peter Piper

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers

A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?


With the greenhouse I’ve been more confident and able to grow peppers that will ripen up. These are ‘Napia’ Early Pointy Red Pepper from Real Seeds. They describe it as “ another incredibly early red pepper, with pointy red fruit and spirally curled-up tips like a turkish slipper. It has really good thick, crunchy sweet flesh, & we like it best raw rather than cooked. It was brought to us by a Bulgarian student. Last year it did very well in our trials, coming ready in the very first group of peppers.”

A great description – and as with all homegrown peppers, it is sweet and tasty, with lovely thin walls. Not pumped full of water as you find with the majority of shop bought / imported peppers.

The plan is to save seeds, where possible, and as it’s the only pepper / chilli that I’m growing on the plot and in the greenhouse, I haven’t had to worry about isolation and cross-pollination. Phew!

Seed Saving Peppers in 7 easy steps

  1. Sow early, preferably in February, they need a good head start to get going
  2. Plant out after all chance of frost has gone.
  3. Water regularly, if growing in post feed them too.
  4. When the peppers start to emerge let them ripen on the plant
  5. When ripe, cut the pepper in half and scrape out the seeds
  6. Put the seeds out to dry for a few days, they will change colour slightly as they dry
  7. Bag and label and store in a cool dry place



  • Vibrant little gems! The straightforward simplicity of your post is refreshing, yet informative. I do enjoy that you are sharing your garden with us!

    • Chillies are wonderful to gorw in pots (which is how I grow them). They just need lots of sunshine, and plenty of water. And when they are ripe I pick them and freeze them straight away, that way we eat chillies all winter. Happy gardening 🙂

      • Hello and thank you for the advice… I think I’ll start to collect the seeds and get planting…And then get about making Hot Pepper Sauce…Roughly how many chilli’s did you get?? What I mean to ask is do they give a plentiful crop or is it a case of a little now, and a bigger crop next year?

        • Hi there, I find I get plenty of chillies in the first year – plenty for hot pepper sauce (YUM!) and if you can over winter them they are just as prolific the next year

          • Thanks…Keep watching my posts and maybe you will see my hot pepper sauce there soon…I must warn you though, I use Scotch Bonnet peppers which are one of the hottest chilli’s around…

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