How Do You Save Tomato Seeds?


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Saving tomato seeds entails cutting the tomato in half and scraping out the seeds. Prolong the integrity of each seed by fermenting, drying and storing it in a paper bag. When ready, dried seeds may be planted and cultivated.

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  1. Select the tomato

    Choose a tomato that's well-developed and healthy. If selecting a tomato from a home garden, choose the fruit from the healthiest plant. The ideal tomato is brightly colored and firm to the touch.

  2. Retrieve the seeds

    Cut the tomato in the middle or along its equator line. Scoop the seeds out of each half with a spoon. Place the seeds with the pulp that surrounds them into a small bowl. Add two tablespoons of water to the bowl.

  3. Ferment the seeds

    Cover the bowl with a layer of plastic wrap. Once the wrap is secure, poke four holes in it with a toothpick. Place the bowl in a warm location, preferably where it receives full sun exposure throughout the day. Remove the plastic wrap each night to stir the seeds, and then replace the plastic wrap. Repeat this procedure for three to four days.

  4. Remove the seeds from the fruit pulp

    After three to four days, use a spoon to remove fruit pulp that has accumulated on the surface of the water. Pour the remaining liquid through a strainer. After all the liquid has been removed, place the seeds on a plate covered with wax paper.

  5. Dry the seeds

    Allow the seeds to dry on the wax paper for several days. They may take up to seven days to fully dry. The seeds are dry when they stop sticking to each other.

  6. Store the seeds

    Store the seeds in a paper bag until you're ready to plant them.

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