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Seed Quality & Purity

By Jim (Habanero) Duffy






I created this page to explain and show you what other seeds sellers will not show you. Majority of people who sell seeds on the web (excluding large seed companies) never planted a seed in their life. They buy as cheap as they can and do not care about the quality only the sale. The difference between me and them is I grow or have grown most of what I sell.
Black Habanero
Spring Valley, California
Chocolate Bhut Jolokia
Spring Valley, California
Naga Morich
Spring Valley, California
Trinidad Scorpion
Spring Valley, California
Morouga Scorpion
Lakeside, California
Trinidad 7 Pot Douglah
Lakeside, California
Devils Tongue
Lakeside, California
Trinidad 7 Pot Jonah
Lakeside, California
Black Stinger
Lakeside, California
Orange Trinidad Scorpion
La Mesa, California
Now first lets address quality. Seeds can maintain a high germination rate for almost 5 years if stored properly. But 2-3 years is my standard. Seeds should only be harvested from ripe chiles. And then once chile is picked I wait 5-10 days before removing seeds from pods. This increases germination rate because it duplicates nature. Now when I dry my own seeds I air dry not sun dry. I do not ever use a dehydrator. When I slow dry my seeds again it helps the germination rate. I do my best to sort through seeds to remove any damaged or defective ones before storing. After 3 yrs I either give away free with orders or throw away.

Pinquita de Mono
Serra Mesa, California
Devils Tongue Red
El Cajon, California
Fatalii Red
El Cajon, California
Cardi 7 Pot
El Cajon, California
Yellow Bhut Jolokia
El Cajon, California
Now let me address purity. And let me be honest with all of you. I do not grow every single seed on my website every year. There are two reasons for this. First reason is I can get some seeds at such a great price from either professional growers or wholesalers. So I only grow these varieties for chiles. But I assure you that all my seed sources are the best. Over the last 8 years I have grown from their seeds and never had a problem with germination or genetic purity. One of my suppliers is a family owned operation that has been in business over 60 years! So now what do I do when I grow plants for seed production? I grow my plants in isolation so no cross-pollination happens. I also isolate by using small greenhouses that I have purchased or made myself. All my locations are miles apart. Many seed growers on the web especially the ones on sites like E Bay grow all their plants on the same property. Even if they have multiple acres they cannot guarantee that cross-pollination will not happen.

Malaysian Goronong
El Cajon, California
Ugandan Red Habanero
El Cajon, California
Roatan Pumpkin Habanero
Santee, California
Bhut Jolokia
Santee, California
Congo Yellow
Santee, California
Aji Chombo
Eucalyptus Hills, California
Seed Isolation and Purity
Lakeside, California
Seed Isolation and Purity
Santee, California
Seed Isolation and Purity
Santee, California
Seed Isolation and Purity
Spring Valley, California
My plants are on my friends properties in 20 different locations. Because when you buy expensive rare seeds from me I will take every pre-caution I can. Because if you buy Trinidad 7 Pot, Bhut Jolokia, Naga Morich or Trinidad Scorpion you want to get what you pay for. Others will give you a song and dance. This page tells you what I do for you, my customers. So at Refining Fire Chiles I show you what others cannot show you. Proof with photos that I do what I say what I do. My prices may not be the lowest. But I will do whatever it takes to give you what you paid for! God Bless and have a great growing season!