Lunchbox Sweet Pepper Seeds and Seedlings

Good afternoon scientists! We have another kitchen scraps gardening investigation for you today. My little scientist absolutely loves lunchbox sweet peppers. We took our peppers and saved the seeds to grow new peppers with. Spread the joy of science to your little one with this fun plant investigation.

Materials

Lunchbox Pepper Seeds and Seedlings (3)

Lunchbox Sweet Peppers

Small Container (Ideally Clear, To store seeds while they dry)

Garden or Planter (We made a 5 Gallon Bucket Garden)

Soil (If using a pot make sure to use potting soil)

Knife and Cutting Board (If you choose to cut your peppers open rather then eating them)

Investigation

  1. Cut open a lunchbox pepper lengthwise (or as my little scientist likes eat the pepper minus the seeds and stem).
  2. Gently remove the seeds and save in a small container. Allow your seeds to dry in the window sill for 2-5 days (We waited 3 days).Lunchbox Pepper Seeds and Seedlings (23)
  3. Sprinkle your seeds on top of the prepared garden or planter, add a thin layer of soil on top of the seeds. Water regularly until established, then as needed.
  4. The peppers should sprout in 6 or more days. It took ours 7 days to sprout. Keep the peppers in partial sun until they get a several inches tall then replant as needed.

Talking Points

Plants reproduce through a variety of ways seeds, tubers, cuttings, and bulbs. The most common way is by seeds. Pepper plants reproduce by seeds. A pepper is a fruit and it has its seeds inside of the peppers. Fruits are plants that reproduce from a flower that is fertilized and produces a seed bearing product. In a peppers case the pepper is the seed bearing product.

In nature a fruit plant reproduces by creating fruits with seeds (mostly on the inside, but strawberries are an exception). When the fruits get overripe they fall from the parent plant and rot away on the ground. The seeds become exposed to the soil as this process continues, if the soil conditions are favorable the seeds sprout into new fruit plants.

In our investigation we took peppers and exposed and saved their seeds. We dried them out for a few days, then when we planted the seeds in the garden the soil was touching the seeds and allowed them to sprout up and start growing pepper plant seedlings.

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