If you’re a fan of growing super hot chili peppers then you have to know how to save Carolina Reaper seeds. Once you know this, you’ll become self-sufficient with your chili growing and be able to start your own super hot seed bank. It’s ridiculously easy to save the seeds, let’s get started.
Step 1 – Collect Your Carolina Reapers
You should select Carolina Reaper peppers from the healthiest, strongest and most bountiful plant. This is because the plant will pass on this genetic makeup through the seeds in the chilis it gives. Once you’ve collected the seeds prepare for cutting them open with knife, chopping board and safety wear if you choose to use it. Gloves are usually a pretty intelligent choice, I went for the no glove option and briefly touched under my eye. Felt like I went toe to toe with Mike Tyson for 12 rounds. Not good.
Step 2 – Slice Open The Pepper
Gently cut along the outside of the pepper. You should aim to just be penetrating the flesh of the pepper, don’t be cutting it completely in half – you risk damaging the seeds. You just want to open it so you can pry it open with your hands.
Step 3 – Remove The Seeds
Using your fingers or a butter knife, scrape away at the seeds in the pepper and remove them. You can use two fingers to kind of pinch them out and they will easily remove from the flesh. Move the seeds to a clean piece of paper.
Step 4 – Repeat The Process
Continue with the other Carolina Reapers until you’ve finished removing all of the seeds. Place the freshly removed seeds onto a clean piece of paper and move them around so they are not touching each other. Leave the paper out for 2 – 3 days for the chili seeds to dry out, then you should be good to plant them. Or store them in an airtight container, throw in a bag of silica to keep the humidity low and place in a cool dark place and you will have viable seeds for years to come!
Start saving those Carolina Reaper seeds chili heads!
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