This year I grew some amazing little yellow tomatoes, called Snow White Cherry Tomatoes.Cherry Tomatoes They were an heirloom cherry tomato and so tasty. I decided to save the seeds. Did you know that Tomato seeds are one of the easiest seeds to save other than beans! Most tomato plants will not cross with another tomato due to their retracted styles. (Remember those plant parts from Biology?)

The first step in saving tomato seeds is to cut the tomato in half.Cut the tomatoes in half.

Squeeze the tomato into a container, I used a pint size mason jar.

To aid in the seed separation I added about a cup of water to the tomato mixture.tomato seeds

Each tomato seed is encased in a gelatinous sack. The gel in these sacks contains chemicals that inhibit seed germination. This is why the seeds don’t sprout while in the tomato! In nature the tomatoes fall off the plant and begin to rot. Eventually the fruits totally rot away leaving the seeds on the surface ready to sprout when the conditions are right.

In my cup of tomato seeds and water a layer of fungus will grow across the surface.Fungus on surface Once the mold is growing across the surface I pour the seeds, liquid and fungus into a strainer. The seeds are washed clean by rubbing the mixture against the strainer under running water. Once the seeds are washed clean place them in a coffee filter or on a paper towel. Tomato seeds tend to stick to paper towels, the coffee filters work better at wicking away the moisture and allowing the seeds to completely dry.drying tomato seeds

Once the seeds are dry store them in a container in a cool, dark place.Be sure to label your seeds! In the spring you will have your own tomato seeds to grow!The tomato seedlings are doing just fine.Linked to many of my favorite blog parties (see side bar). Also linked to:

4 comments on “Saving Your Tomato Seeds

Tracy @ Our Simple Homestead on September 17, 2015 10:03 pm

We have been saving seeds for years now and hardly have to buy any in the spring. I love our heirloom seeds and am gathering a nice collection. My hopes is one of my grandchildren will love gardening when they grow up and I can pass my collection on to them.

Nancy Wolff on September 17, 2015 10:55 pm

That’s wonderful, I never thought about passing my seeds down to future generations!

Jennifer A on September 21, 2015 1:01 am

What a great post! Those are beautiful tomatoes, I can see why you’d save the seeds. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop! (And I love Tracy’s idea!)

seminte de rosii on January 19, 2019 10:59 am

If you have in your garden a favourite open pollinated tomato variety, then do yourself a favour and save some seeds. So you’ll be able to enjoy it every year!

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