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Seeds from organic pepper from supermarket sprouted

EustaceEustace Posts: 1,496
For curiosity sake, I planted a few seeds from an organic pepper I bought from Waitrose last week. Many of them have already sprouted. I don't know the variety. Will they bear fruit or is it going to be a wasted exercise if I pot these seedlings and grow them? Thanks.
Oxford. The City of Dreaming Spires.
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils (roses). Taking a bit of liberty with Wordsworth :)


  • delskidelski Posts: 274
    I have some supermarket orange pepper and some butternut squash seeds so I'll be interested to read the responses.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,803
    I save seeds from chillies that have been good and have grown them successfully.  Chillies are easy to store dried, jammed or frozen so it's worth it.

    I have tried growing peppers but the care needed for the yield is not worth it.

    The success of a butternut squash seed will depend on variety and where it was grown.  There are some which have been bred to do well in the UK climate but I bet the ones in the SMS and grocers are imports from warmer climes.   Worth a go but have a plan B.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Tried out sweet romano pepper seeds last year from Lidl or Aldi bought fruit and they grew and produced fruit. Have tried it again this year with them planted about three or four weeks now. They need a long growing season so the ones I put outside did not yield much but the few I kept going on the windowsill yielded two or three small fruit per plant that tasted fine. This is just my second year trying them and I think I'll be able to do a better job this year. Avoid bringing slugs into the house by using old compost and try keep them free of aphids and provide them with good supports as they grow.
  • Mike AllenMike Allen Posts: 207
    Basically the seed holds everything required for the future of it's variety.  The gtowin medium such as 'organic' has no sffect.  Simply, organically grown, is grown without chemicals.
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 2,718
    edited March 2021
    I grew some yellow peppers last year that popped up where I feed my hen (she loves pepper seeds and middle membrane sadly, on her tod now) but the peppers were stunted.  Sort of flat.  Tasted the same.

    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • EustaceEustace Posts: 1,496
    Here is a photo of the pepper seedlings. I did not expect so many of the seeds to germinate as it was a fresh pepper.  B) Now planning to pot at least a few to grow on.

    Oxford. The City of Dreaming Spires.
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils (roses). Taking a bit of liberty with Wordsworth :)

  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,959
    Not a waste of time at all.
    Last year didn't have any tomatoe plants but took some seeds from some bought from a supermarket.
    Great success and brilliant harvest.
    This year took some seeds from a reduced melon (39p) again supermarket and they have germinated. Maybe wont produce melons but this is what gardening is all about.
    Having a go.
  • JenniB83JenniB83 Posts: 58
    I've done this the past 2 years with tomatoes and peppers.  The tomatoes have always done really well, the peppers were hit and miss. Year 1 the harvest was  rubbish, but last year there were so many, I still have bags full in the freezer. As @bertrand-mabel said have a go, there is no harm in trying 😊
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,332
    I always do that, straight from the pepper to the compost.
    I love the banana shaped ones.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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