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Sweet peppers (bell peppers, whatever you want to call them lol)

Decided the other week I wanted to grow peppers so I salvaged some from a pepper from Asda. Left them in the window a while and planted them about a fortnight ago. 

So far nothing has appeared through the compost. Have I dropped a clanger?

i.e should I have just bought seeds or not dried them out in the window?





  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    George I think it's too late to expect peppers from any plant that hasn't already got them growing on it. Mine won't make much as they are only thimble size at the minute.image I set mine off indoors last week in March.

  • Wasn't expecting peppers, just thought there might of been some sort of shoot poking its head out by now

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Hi George, I've not grow from shop bought peppers, but do get loads of self set tomatoes outside from what has gone in compost bin. This year both my peppers & chillies were very slow to germinate, I was blaming compost but others on forum had probs. Nothing to lose, give them a bit longer and see if anything germinates. Have you covered them with cling film or a plastic bag / or in a propagator ? That's what it said to do on my seed packet.

  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,147

    It's a bit hit 'n' miss with shop-bought produce - you can never be sure of the provenance.  And the seed sounds like it isn't really viable.

    My chillies and peppers are about 2ft high and in flower (in the GH) and are doing extremely well.  They were set in early March, and, given the long, cold spring, took a while to get going.  But they are doing very well now.

    I wouldn't set any great store by peppers from a supermarket, which have been grown under glass (probably) picked before they are properly ripe (probably) and chilled to preserve their customer viability (probably). 

  • Emma1978Emma1978 Posts: 201

    Maybe a sterile variety? That said, I've never managed to get one pepper seed to germinate, ever image

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    George, pepper seeds always take a while to germinate, a lot longer than tomatoes, for example. I've often had to wait for a month or more.

    It's also highly likely that the supermarket variety is a hybrid, hence the seeds won't grow true to type anyway.

  • Oh well. Ill give them a bit longer and if nothing happens ill just have to try again next year and plant them at the right time haha. 

  • GirlyfoxGirlyfox Posts: 50

    hello my brother mananged to get loads of pepper plants from shop brought ones he started them off in a small heated propergator on his kitchen and bathroom window in I think May-june at the latest and he now tells me they did extreamly well both sweet and chilli peppers.

    and I know that the longer they are on the plant they change colour and you can pick the whole plant and hang it in a warm room to continue the ripening proccess

  • comp13comp13 NorthamptonPosts: 56

    I have tried several times with seeds from shop bought pepper and chilli they always germinate but then they die from some mysterious disease or something when they are getting a bit taller. I had one plant give me two peppers only for them to stop growing before they were mature and they started to rot. The chilli is even worse they were growing fine then suddenly the leaves started to curl, the plant looks really yellow and not very healthy I get lots of flowers but the little chilli fruits dry and die and drop off. It's so de-motivating. I really love chilli image

    Amateur vegetable gardener with dreams of a bigger garden one day. 
  • Maybe have to make some sort of propagator then as at the minute theyre just sat in pots outside

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