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Jan 26, 2015 11:19 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Pepper & tomato plants can self-pollinate, and that's what you want if you're trying to save seeds of a specific variety. (reminder -- hybrids like 'Carmen' aren't going to come true, although they may be worth growing out anyway... with 'Carmen', for example, you'll still get a red bull's horn pepper) Most tomato plants are pretty much self-isolating due to their blossom structure, so "tomato people" don't often bother bagging. (Some cherry tomatoes, currant tomatoes, and the "promiscuously pollinated" tomatoes Joseph was talking about are exceptions.)

Peppers can be cross-pollinated more easily, by insects or even just by wind. I often wing it and don't bag plants, although I try to save seeds from fruit that was isolated in time (earlier or later than other varieties out there)... and with peppers that I really want to be sure of saving from year to year ('Fish', 'Aleppo', 'Pretty Purple Pepper'), I plant them in their own area, and I don't grow out or give away all the seeds from a particular year... if the seeds from 2013 didn't grow true in 2014, I know I can go back to seeds from 2012 that are the real deal.
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