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Saving Tomato Seed in Seven Easy Steps

Sep 13, 2019
 

Saving tomato seed is deceptively simple, Friends.

Yes, you can simply separate each seed from the fruit, rinsing and drying them before tucking them in an envelope to sow next season. 

But here's the thing: That clear membrane surrounding each seed is full of anti-germination compounds. Unless that membrane is removed, only about 30% or so of your seeds will germinate. Which isn't the worst, but it's far from the best. 

For thousands of years our ancestors have fermented tomato seeds, effectively neutralizing those anti-germination compounds as well as removing some seed-borne diseases. It's a gloriously simple process. 

1. Harvest ripe tomatoes. 

Once tomatoes are fully ripe, the seeds inside are fully mature.

Saving fruit from your best plants is essential. The healthiest plant, the most productive, most disease-resistant, most delicious: This is the plant you want to feed --- and by fed by --- for generations to come. You're selecting seed as well as saving...

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