There is nothing as wonderful as having a great crop of tomatoes and then saving the seeds from those celicious fruits for the next year. There's really nothing to it but your seeds need to be heirloom seeds and not the Genetically Modified or Hybrid because you may not get the same quality or results as your current crop.
There are several advantages to saving your own seeds -
- The crops are already accustomed to your soil
- You can grow another crop of the same taste and quality of that you saved the seeds from
- It saves you money - you get a lot of seed from one tomato
- It makes you more self-sufficient
So exactly what does it take to save seeds from your tomatoes? It's easy just follow these simple steps -
- Pick the best specimen of the crop to save the seed from. I care more about taste than appearance but if it is a nice looking tomato too that's good.
- Now take your beautiful tomato and slice it in half. The tomato pictured is a German stripped heirloom and it was scrumptious!
- Now scoop the seeds out and give them a little rinse with cool water. I use a little tea strainer to put the seeds in to rinse them, this way my seeds do not accidentally get washed down the drain. Be gentle you don't want to damage the seed.
- The seeds will still have the "gel-like" coating on them and that's okay for right now.
- Take your seeds and place them in a small bowl and cover them with cool water.
- Now set them aside in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
- Each day rinse the seeds and cover with water again until you see the gel coating is gone. This should not take more than two or three days at the very most.
- Now that you have clean seeds strain the water out and empty your seeds onto a towel or paper towel and allow them to fully dry.
- Once they are fully dry you can store them in cool dark place for the following year.
- I wrap mine in aluminum foil or put them in little food grade spice bags and store them in a metal storage box kept in a cabinet. This protects the seeds from light and some humidity. If you are going to keep your seeds for long term then you may want to vacuum seal them and then freeze them for future use.