Capsicum Seed Exchange

Enter your user name and email address to login or create a new seed exchange account. By signing up and using the exchange, you agree to our use of your personal data (see below for details).

How does the Seed Exchange work?

Imagine the following scenario. At the end of the year, your peppers have matured and you have saved a bag full of seeds so that you can grow them again next year. You only plan to grow three or four plants but that didn't stop you saving more like 200 seeds. You also got a bit carried away and bought seeds for far more varieties than you have room to grow. So what do you do with all those spare seeds? Well you could hang on to them, or you could give them to someone else who will grow them. After feeling bad about hoarding seeds myself I gave them all to a pepper forum seed bank. I felt glad that others would benefit from them. I also took the opportunity to get some new seeds from them, for varieties I have not yet grown.

The ability to swap seeds with other people who grow peppers already exists and works well. So why did we want to get involved? Well, we did a short survey of three thousand site visitors, and between us we were holding seeds for more than half of the known capsicum varieties! As a website designed to promote the capsicum species, we could not ignore this and decided to build our own seed exchange.

Buying quality seed

There are some absolutely fantastic seed sellers out there who offer a lot of variety and who also have more reliable seeds than you may get through seed swaps. If you want to be certain you get good quality seed that will germinate well and that will grow true to type, then visit an established seller and spend a few dollar pound euros for peace of mind.

Please use responsibly

Don't ruin it for everyone else. If you want seeds for a certain pepper and the exchange shows 20 people with those seeds, please don't send a request to all 20 people. Contact a couple of people and see how it goes. While we don't put restrictions on how many people you can contact through the seed exchange, if we notice any accounts sending a lot of requests, we will pause the account. We reserve the right to block any accounts.

Your Personal Data

We take your privacy seriously and by taking part in the exchange, nobody gets to see your contact details.

If you want to swap seeds with people, we enable this communication through the website, so we need your consent to email you at the address provided, and/or to share your address with anyone you specifically request to hear from. Creating an account gives us consent to communicate with you via email for the purposes of trading seeds.

In our database, we store your email address encrypted. On the website, user names are visible, email addresses are not. If you register for the exchange, people are able to send you an exchange request via a website form. It is then up to you whether or not you email them back and set up an exchange. By registering above to create a seed exchange list, you consent to thechileman.org sending emails introducing you (and your email address) to the people you have indicated you wish to swap seeds with. And you consent to thechileman.org sending you emails from other people wishing to make contact with you about seeds you have listed as available for exchange.

You can delete your Seed Exchange account here