Hot and sweet together

An interesting question and answer from ChilePlants:

Q: If I plant a hot chili next to a sweet pepper, will the sweet be hot?

A: No. The characteristics of shape, size, color and flavor are determined by genetics. The genetic footprint of the chili plant, or pepper plant, is already within the plant. This genetic disposition was within the seed that was used to produce the plant, and was determined when the flower was pollinated the season before. Crosses do occur within the garden by busy bees and other insects, but this cross will only be recognized in the next generation. So if you save seeds from this year’s sweet pepper plant that was grown in close proximity to a hot pepper plant, there is a good chance that the pollen from the two plants have crossed, and that the seeds you have collected will next season produce a plant with a sweet pepper shape and a hot pepper taste!

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