if the pepper was ripe when it was picked, it will germinate
if you toss it in a bit of dirt & keep it warm (above 60F). my
7 year old does it all the time. i have several pepper plants
under lights right now & one is starting to bud.
no, they don't. they should grow just fine right out of the
pepper, but you may get something different than the fruit
they came from. most greenhouse peppers are F1 hybrids, so
they won't come true from seed.
that's not saying you won't get good peppers. just don't
expect them to be like the one you bought. if you start
several plants you might get a few different types of peppers
Even if they weren't hybrid, there is no guarantee they will be anything
like the parent. I once saved an acorn squash and planted the seeds the next
year. The seeds grew very well, and the plants were quite robust. I got
weird yellow squash, funny ribbed zuchinni, scallop squash that looked like
flying saucers, some odd ribbed pumpkins and a few squash that I wasn't sure
how to categorize. All tasted excellent. All grew on long vines. And all
came from the seeds that came out of one ordinary looking acorn squash. Now
I grow these just to see what kind of weird squash I can get to grow. Who
knows, maybe I'll invent the Next Big Thing in summer squash varieties? :-)
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