Saving Tomato Seeds is easy peasy tomato SQUEEZY!!
Tomato seeds are so easy to save! MOST tomato plants don’t cross pollinate so you are sure to get a plant that is exactly as the parent plant. Just remember that you don’t want to use seeds from the tomatoes you buy at grocery stores as these have been genetically altered and won’t germinate properly or give you any tomatoes. Besides, they are just “icky blicky” anyway!
Use seed from a heritage variety or “open pollinated”. This basically means that this tomato strain has been around for a zillion years and will produce the same over and over. Just ask! Get some really gorgeous tomatoes from your local farmer’s market and ask the farmer. ONLY save seeds from the ones with the really YUMMY flavour!
The first thing you want to do is cut a ripe tomato in half and SQUEEZE the seeds out. They will be really slimmy (don’t worry). Don’t take too many. Remember that the seeds will grow into great big adult plants and you don’t want a jungle of tomatoes next year!
Place the seeds in a little strainer and run under the tap..
Put the seeds on a paper towel and let them dry for a couple of days. They will probably stick to the towel. It’s Ok! When you plant them next spring the towel will just decompose.
Put the seeds in an envelope and mark the variety and the year and there you have it….next year’s seeds! I have been collecting for a while now and have about 14 varieties of my own.
They are so much better than the garbage you get at the store. They actually have flavour!!