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Saving Tomato Seeds

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An economical way to grow vegetables next season, especially if you are OK if the second season's produce does not necessarily taste the same, is to save some seeds. This is a guide about saving tomato seeds.


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October 21, 2018

Here is another way to save tomato seeds for next season.


  1. Cut your tomato in half and scoop out the seeds and put them in a jar.
  2. Add up to a cup of water so the seeds will float in the mixture.
  3. Cover the top of the jar with a paper towel secured with a rubber band. Place in a warm place.
  4. After a few days there will be mold forming on the top. The pulp will start separating from the seeds. This is what you want. You will also see seeds floating to the top.
  5. When you have a lot of mold on top you are ready to save the good seeds that remain on the bottom. Take the mold and the seeds that floated to the top and throw them out.
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  7. Put the remainder in a fine mesh sieve and rinse with water. You want to rinse as much of the remaining pulp away.
  8. Let them dry in the sieve.
  9. Then transfer to a paper towel to dry completely. This can take a couple of weeks.
  10. Label and place in a plastic bag. Store in a cool, dry place.
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September 6, 2016

You will save money by saving seeds from tomatoes you grew this year, rather than buying plants already started next spring. It is easy to do.

  1. Select a good tomato. Cut it in half, and scrape out the seeds and pulp and put on a paper plate.
  2. Spread out the seeds and pulp evenly.
  3. Let dry.
  4. When dry, scrape off the seeds. Some dried pulp may come with it. That is OK. I found it was easiest to scrape with my fingernail.
  5. Put the scrapings on a paper napkin.
  6. Place the seeds in a resealable sandwich bag. Label and store in a cool place until you need them next year. I store mine in the refrigerator.

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