The effort to save tomato seeds may seem like just one more chore at the end of the long gardening season. But saving seeds is easy, doesn’t take much time, saves money, and allows you to become more self-sufficient.
If you’ve never saved tomato seeds before – or if you’d like a refresher – consider these tips:
Save seeds from open-pollinated varieties. These types of tomatoes are true to their type from seed and maintain consistent characteristics over time.
Save seeds from your best tomatoes. Good tomatoes = Good seeds = Good plants next year.
Save seeds from ripe tomatoes. Seeds inside overripe tomatoes often have
already started to germinate.
Save seeds from several tomatoes. Combining seeds from several fruits (rather than just one or two) gives you a strong selection.