How to save Heirloom tomato seeds

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Tips on how to save the seeds from your favorite heirloom tomato variety.


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How to save Heirloom tomato seeds:

How to save Heirloom tomato seeds

How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds:

How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds To save Tomato seed, cut the fruit in half. Use your finger or a knife to scoop out the seeds and juice from their cavities, or squeeze the Tomato over a glass jar. Use a small jar, such as a jelly jar, if you are only saving seed from one or two Tomatoes. Once the seeds and all their juicy juice is in the jar, add no more than 25% water and slosh it around. Place the jar someplace warm for two or three days. Every day check on the concoction and stir it a little.

How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds:

How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds After a few days (depending on the weather), a mold should form on the top. When this mold forms it time to get excited. This method mimics the rotting of the Tomato in nature or the actions of the digestive system of an animal and breaks down the clear gel coat around the seeds, which prevents the seed from sprouting inside the Tomato or in your stomach. Once the mold covers the entire top of the liquid and the seeds have begun to sink, the gel coat has been broken down and they are ready for cleaning. Be careful not to leave the seeds in the jar for too long at this point because once the gel coat is broken down the seeds may sprout in the jar and you will have to start over.

How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds:

How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds You know seeds are ready for their final cleaning when most of them have sunk to the bottom of the jar. Add water to fill the jar and slosh it around. Let it settle for a moment. Carefully pour the water out of the jar. The mold, pulp, and immature seeds will all flow out with the water, but the mature seeds should sink and stay in the jar. Repeat this decanting process two to five times until you have only clean seeds and clean water. Pour out as much water as you can without losing the seeds or pour it through a fine mesh strainer. Pat dry through the strainer and then scoop the seeds out onto a small plate (we use the lid from a yogurt container). Allow to dry without intense heat. When they are very dry store the seeds in a moisture-proof container in a cool, dry place. It is very important to label the container with variety and date. Tomato seeds can last for ten years or more if stored cool and dry.


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