How To Save Tomato Seeds

For gardeners who want to plant tomatoes every year, saving their own home grown tomato seeds is very important. Even if the tomato is brought from the supermarket, if it tastes delicious and it isn’t a hybrid, you can still save seeds from these to grow yourself. If the tomato is good enough, it is wise to save its seeds for the next year’s crop. Saving tomato seeds is a good idea and it is not very difficult to do. Another benefit is that by saving tomato seeds, you will be able to control some of the tomato plant related diseases too.

Tomato Seeds

You can save as many seeds as you want for next years crop, one tomato has a huge number of seeds so collecting an almost unlimited number of seeds isn’t much work. Tomato seeds can be saved through fermentation, which is a really simple chemical process that anyone can do. As a home gardener, another advantage of saving quality tomato seeds is that the healthiest of plants can be grown in this manner.

To save tomato seeds, you need to wash your hands carefully first. The tomato whose seeds are to be saved should be cut along its equator or centre. The goo which is gelatinous should be collected in a cup. To save the seeds, adding some water to them will be required. It is best to cover the cup with plastic foil to prevent contamination from any outside sources. A hole should be made in it to ensure that fresh air can go in that cup.

Once the seeds with the water are safely wrapped up, they should be placed in a warm location. It is better that the place chosen to place these seeds is warm and sunny. If for example the seeds are placed on a windowsill, it can prove to be an airy and warm place both at the same time. From there onwards, with the intervention of the fresh air, fermentation process will start without any delay.

The seeds will be in the cup for two to three days. It is advisable that the plastic wrap should be removed each night, and the water stirred. Afterwards, the plastic wrap should be replaced. Once the process of fermentation separates the goo, the scummy surface formed as the top layer of the solution should be removed with the help of a spoon. Extra water in the seeds can be removed at this stage. Seeds should be dried afterwards by placing them on a paper.

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Image sources: AWayToGarden and Appalachian Seeds

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