Peppers go well in many meals as they add a flavour that other fruits can’t provide. However, if you are like me and you use a whole bunch of them every week, you may need to consider growing your own capsicum plant as peppers can get quite expensive to buy.
How to store capsicum seeds:
Step 1: Open a mature ripe pepper and remove all the white seeds from the centre, you will want to throw away any seeds that are misshaped or are a strange colour.
Step 2: Place the seeds on a paper towel, plate or newspaper.
Step 3: Let the seeds dry completely for a week by placing them in a dark, dry, cool place, make sure they are not placed in the sun.
Step 4: Place them in a container or envelope and label it to ensure you know it is pepper seeds and what year you saved it.
Step 5: Place seeds in a cool, dark draw at room temperature or the fridge after the drying week is over. Ensure there is no heat, moisture and sun on your seeds.
Step 6: Plant your seeds during spring or summer. Remember your peppers can be stored for around 4-5 years.
What you need to know about capsicum plants:
Pepper plants are perennial bushes, which means they grow back every year and can grow up to 2 meters high.
Pepper plants need to be planted in a sunny section where they can get 6-8 hours of sun per day and live up to four years.
It takes a capsicum plant 60-90 days to bear fruit and it grows around 5 to 10 peppers per plant.
Pepper plants need to be planted 50 cm apart and in spring or summer as they like high temperatures.
Ensure plants have moist soil and are planted in rich soil with compost.