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How To Save Tomato Seeds

 


The gelatinous substance surrounding tomato seeds need to be removed before the seeds can be stored. This is how you do it:


1. Squeeze the seeds into a jar or bucket.


fermenting tomato seeds

 

2. Leave the slimy seeds in the container for a few days. Microorganisms will be fermenting the gelatinous material, getting rid of seed borne diseases and inhibitors that prevent seed germination. After a few days you notice mould growing in the container.

 

The act of saving seeds from the best of the season's crop leaves a satisfying feeling of sensible thriftiness. Saving seeds also makes the end of the summer a bit more bearable because you know you'll see your plant friends again next year.


3. Add water to the jar/bucket and stir vigorously. Viable seeds will sink. The top portion containing mould and unwanted debris can be poured off. Repeat this process until seeds are clean.

 

fermented tomato seeds

4. Strain the seeds through a colander, rinse, and place them on a glass or ceramic plate, or cookie sheet to dry. They should be kept in a warm location such as on top of your fridge, but out of direct sunlight.

 

drying fermented tomato seeds

The best containers for storing seeds are made of glass or metal. The containers must be air tight. Dried seeds can be put in envelopes and labelled, and then put into their airtight containers. The containers should be placed in a cool, dry, dark place where the temperature remains constant.

 

Written By: Lea Tran

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