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[Tomato Dirt #156] How to Save Tomato Seeds for Next Year: A Tutorial
August 15, 2018

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 8, Number 21

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FEATURE: How to Save Tomato Seeds for Next Year: A Tutorial

If you’ve never saved tomato seeds before, you may think it’s a big mystery.

It’s not!

Here’s the dirt: many different kinds of flower and vegetable seeds can be collected, saved, dried, and used next year, including tomato seeds. But with tomato seeds, you must take one additional step before drying– fermentation. That’s because tomato seeds are enclosed in gel casings, which prevent them from sprouting inside the tomato. Fermentation removes the casings.

Voilà! Your saved seeds will have a strong germination rate next spring!

You can ferment tomato seeds in a paper cup sitting on your counter. It’s easy. Here's a page from Tomato Dirt that gives you step-by-step instructions for saving tomato seeds …

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To Help You Save Seeds (and Save Money)

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Seed to Seed and other helpful books about seed saving Seed envelopes for organizing your seeds and trading with others Use silica gel packets to keep seeds dry

More About Saving Tomato Seeds

How to Save Tomato Seeds: FAQs Easy Seed Saving Method for Tomato Seeds Which Tomato Seeds Should You Save for Next Year? Seed Trading 101: How to Trade Tomato Seeds

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