a chilli from a chilli

I like gardening.  A lot.  But I’m still quite inexperienced with it and spend a fair bit of time trawling through blogs for hints and tips.

I was quite excited the other day to see that it’s possible to grow tomatoes and capsicums and chillis from the seeds that are discarded in preparation (assuming, of course, that the parent plant wasn’t sterile). I thought I’d share the method here and then let you know how it goes…

What you need:

  • A sharp knife
  • A chilli (or whatever you’re planning to grow)
  • Some paper towel to dry the seeds.

Slice the chilli and scrape out the seeds onto the paper towel, making sure that no flesh is still attached.

Leave the seeds in a sunny spot for a few days to dry.  If you have inquisitive pets, try to keep the seeds out of reach.  I wouldn’t like to see what would happen if Gogol snorted chilli seeds.

Store the seeds in a labelled envelope.  If you’re procrastinating, feel free to draw pictures:

Check when the seeds should be planted.  Chillis require temperatures of about 22-28 degrees to germinate, so I’ll need to hold onto the seeds until spring.

I’ll let you know how it goes!


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