One of my terrible confessions is my addiction to plants, anything edible or pretty - infact anything with a cholorplast gets my vote. If they could talk - they'd have me at hello..............
If I've anything I will spend money on (and I do need to stop in these frugal times) it's plants/seeds/bulbs - garden centres/plant catalogues and ebay are like mecca to me. (And it does need to stop). I'm generally not much of a shopper - but I'm more likely to be the one pulling a packet of seeds out of the drawer and say 'Oh this old thing, had it for ages..........'
Anyway I've not really much of an excuse to buy plants - given the extent of my debt due to studying plants - I really should 99% of the time, be growing my own - so I figured after buying my experiment/market research chilli plants from ebay earlier this year, as my great foray into the unknown world of selling plants online - I've been harvesting some of the plants I bought - a few chillis I let get a bit riper than others as I wanted to keep some seed.
Here is a very ripe Jalapeno................I'm going to see if I can grow my stock from this next year.
Now you can't always save the seed of everything, but things like chilli's I don't see why not - this plant wasn't a hybrid (F1) so I'm giving it a go.
|1 - sharp knife and a board - select your chilli victim|
2 - carefully cut the length of the chilli - trying to avoid any fingers - gloves a good idea!
|3 - there we are - 12 chilli seeds for next year from one chilli - they are all plump and look viable except the first one of the second row (left) - its a bit flat and empty looking - but I'll keep it and see.|