A Simple Method for Saving Tomato Seeds Without Fermentation
The fermentation method has, for a long time, been the classic way to save tomato seeds. Our own Dave has written an excellent article on the subject. Furthermore, if you're going to trade seeds with other people, it's considered good etiquette to ferment your seeds. But there is a simpler way.*
he first step in any seed-saving method is to choose an heirloom variety, one that produces seeds that are true to the parent. Most tomato seed for sale today produces a hybrid variety, one that has been crossed one or more times with other tomato varieties. Seeds from such tomatoes do not come true to the parent. They will produce tomatoes that reflect the parentage of the hybrid.
Step 2 | Select a Seed Source
|Step 3 | Gather Your Tools and Materials|
For this project you'll need:
A paper towel
A teaspoon (optional)
A sharp or serrated knife
A felt tip pen
Wax paper (if necessary)
|Step 4 | Slice, Scoop, Spread|
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