Can you grow peppers from pepper seeds?

Since the UK entered lockdown in March, many people across the country have taken the opportunity to throw themselves into DIY projects or gardening.

Naturally, as a result, there’s been increased interest in how to grow your own vegetables and how to grow plants on your windowsill.

But is it possible to plant things from existing seeds in your house?

We take a look at the humble pepper.

Can you grow a pepper plant from pepper seeds?
While it’s theoretically possible to grow a pepper plant from pepper seeds, it’s far easier to invest a few pounds in a packet of seeds.

The reason for this is that only specific peppers will yield viable seeds, and most peppers bought from the supermarket won’t do the job.

This is because most peppers you buy from the shops are hybrid species, meaning they have been created by deliberately crossing two different strains to create a super plant.

Open-pollinated (when pollination occurs by natural methods, such as by insects, bird, wind or humans), garden-grown bell peppers may do the trick – but you will find better success using seeds.

If you are able to obtain open-pollinated peppers and are undeterred by the above, SF Gate provide the following advice: ‘Pick the peppers once they reach their full color and the skins begin to wrinkle.

‘Slice open the pepper and shake the seeds out of the fruit and into a bowl. The seeds require drying for a week or two to store well, unless you are planting them immediately.

‘Spread them out in a single layer on paper plates and allow them to dry completely in a warm, dark and dry location. If you aren’t storing seeds, you can plant them in pots right after collecting them.’

As for buying seeds, the easiest pepper plants to grow inside are smaller varieties such as pequins, habaneros and Thai peppers.

You can find a full range of pepper plants on the Homebase website, each of which will follow slightly different instructions.