This is a quick reference on how to save tomato seeds. It will include fermentation which helps remove germination inhibitors and seed-borne diseases. Only heirloom seeds should be kept because hybrids will not breed true to the parent.
- Paper towel
- Rubber bands
- Envelope and pen
- Select the tomato that is fully ripe
- Cut the tomato in half. Scoop out the tomato seeds and put them in a cup of water about half way full.
- Put a paper towel over the top of the cup and put a rubber band around it.
- Place the cup in the direct sun for 2 to 4 days. (Put it in a place where you do not pass by too often since it will start to smell)
- You will know that this process is complete when you see the seeds go down to the bottom of the jar and separate from the pulp.
- Use a colander to remove the water from the seeds and rise the seeds under running water.
- Place the seeds on a plate and let the seeds dry. This can take about 2 to 3 weeks.
- Place the seeds in an envelope and label it.
- Place it in an air tight container such as a canning jar