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Saving bird eye chilli seeds


Im having a problem saving bird eye chilli seeds, they are turning brown while drying out after I scoop them from the pod.

any ideas why they maybe turning brown, this is my second attempt. the chillies are from tesco if that helpS.





  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,437

    Hi Nicola image  My thinking is that the seeds aren't ripe - to save seeds the fruit needs to ripen on the plant - chillies bought from the supermarket won't be as ripe as those grown specifically for seed.  You'd be better off buying a pack of seed - sorry  - don't want to sound discouraging.  Maybe someone else will come along later with some other ideas.

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  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Your seeds look like ones I get to sow, they are light brown

  • Hi Nicola,

    Chilli seeds are usually a yellow/light brown colour once dry. If they are turning a dark brown then they probably are dying rather than drying. Shop brought chillies may have been kept in cold storage for a few weeks before being placed on the shelves. 

    For more information on chillies take a look at the Allotment-Web Chillies chilli pages. There is a new searchable database.


  • Oh is see, ill put a few on the window sill and see if they go red and ripen, if not ill buy some. Does the same happen with tomatoes I tried saving piccolo tomato seeds and they never germinated .

    Thanks for your replies, 

  • have a really good section on saving seed.  If you scroll down the left you will see the links.  There are tips for pepper/chilli seed saving too.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,730

    nicola, it's preferable, but tomatoes don't need to be 100% mature for seeds to be viable. Anything approaching 50% mature - when the tom has visibly developed some colour - will suffice. Your issue could have been one of sowing. How did you sow the tom seeds?

  • sowed them and covered with 1/2 inch compost, put them in a propagator under a grow light. I did also ferment them for 3 days in my propagator- maybe it wasnt enough.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,730

    Half an inch is too deep for tom seeds, nicola. They should be just covered and that's all. I drop them on top of the mix, sprinkle just enough mix over them to hide them, and press down gently.

    How exactly did you ferment them in your propagator?

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