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New Seed- Saving technique
for chillies and peppers.

Teaching how to save seed at home is an important part of our work, and we've now sent out 65,000 sets of instructions for this. It's great to hear back from so many of you who are keeping your own seed now.

If you haven't tried it yet, do have a go. You just need to read our leaflets to be sure that the varieties don't cross, and do check out the instructions for drying your seed properly. If you just air-dry it it will suffocate when you put it in a sealed container.

One thing that always causes questions are peppers and chillies. People usually grow several different sorts, but they all cross like mad, so if you want to keep your own seed, this is a problem. You don't want giant chillies or sweet peppers the size of a pea the next year!

We now have a new method to show you , that lets you keep pure seed even if you are growing several types of pepper/chilli in the same greenhouse.

You will need:

  • some sandwich-bag twist-ties
  • an old pair of tights
  • a sewing machine
  • scissors
  • tiny clothes-pegs, used for craft and 'scrapbooking' (look on ebay, about £2 for 100)

Sew across the tights and cut apart
to make small insect-proof bags.

gather your tiny clothes-pegs
and twist-ties

 


Now choose the best plant ,
and find a pepper flower
that is going to open the next day .

put the flower in the bag
and peg it closed
so no insects can get in

 


Once the flower has set (5 days or so)
remove the bag and label it with a twist-tie.
Not too tight, the stem will swell as it grows.

The marked fruit is the one to keep seed from -
it will not have crossed with the others
as no insects could get to the flower.
Remember though that the seed is no good until the fruit is red-ripe.

Remember, this is really easy BUT it only works because you are using Real Seed.
You can't keep seed from F1 Hybrids! (Which is why we don't sell them)




The Real Seed Catalogue is produced by The Real Seed Collection Ltd , a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
~ Company No 5924934 ~ VAT No 841181938 ~ DEFRA registered Seed Provider No 7289 ~

Our Unique Guarantee:
We think these are the best seeds you can sow.
We will immediately refund or replace if you are in any way less than delighted with them, even including the flavour of the resulting crop!

Due to daft seed laws, some rare veg seeds can only be supplied to members of our Seed Club. But membership costs just one penny per annum. When we process your order, you will be charged
a penny for a year's Seed Club Membership. For more details see our terms and conditions.

Gardeners Should Save their Own Seed:
Because none of these seeds are hybrids,
you can save your own seed for future use: there's no need to buy new each year.

Saving your own is easy. You will get great seed, and great vegetables adapted to your local conditions.
Do have a go - read the seedsaving instructions we provide with every order, and also on this site.

~ We have sent out over 65,000 sets of home seed-saving instructions!~

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