Saving Tomato Seeds: How to Prepare and Store Seeds from Your Tomato Plants [video]

Nation of Gardeners - Saving Tomato SeedsTomatoes are important to all gardeners, every one has a favourite. You can easily save the seeds from your favourite tomato plants in preparation for next year. This post and the video below offers tips on saving tomato seeds. 

  • Most tomatoes hold 100 or more seeds. So you only need to save a few tomatoes.
  • Only save seeds from traditional, open pollinated tomatoes.
  • Collect seeds from fully ripened fruits. Cut them open and scoop out the pulp from inside the tomato. Top this up with water and label the jar with the tomato variety.
  • It is important to remove the gel surrounding the seeds. Leave for two to five days, to begin fermenting which will kill off any harmful bacteria. It will also break down the seed coat.
  • Check the seeds daily, the seeds are ready for cleaning when the pulp floats to the top. Carefully skim of the pulp from the top and tip the liquid and seeds into a strainer.
  • Wash the seeds under running water, using a wooden spoon. This will remove any of the remaining pulp.
  • To dry the seeds, spread them across a paper towel to remove the majority of the water.
  • Transfer onto a non stick surface, dry the seeds in a warm place out of direct sunlight. It will take two to three weeks for the seeds to completely dry.
  • Store the seeds into labelled paper envelopes. Store them in a dry place. They can store for up to five years.

This is just a basic outline of saving tomato seeds, the video below offers further detail. If you have any tips for saving tomato seeds, do let us know in the comments below or on our social media. 

GrowVeg – Saving Tomato Seeds: How to Prepare and Store Seeds from Your Tomato Plants

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