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tedln wrote:1. Should the tomato or tomatoes you intend harvesting seed from be left on the vine until fully ripe, or is it even better to leave the tomato on the vine until it is overripe? I want to insure the seed is fully mature before harvesting it.
tedin wrote:2. Most seed saving instructions say "when the mold forms on top of the fermenting liquid, the fermenting process is complete. The seed should not be left in the fermenting liquid "to long" or they may start to germinate or turn black and be damaged". What is "to long"? Is a few hours or a few days "to long"?
tedin wrote:3. What is the best surface to dry the fermented seed on? I think paper towels or coffee filters may stick to the dried seed. Would small paper plates work? If I sprayed a paper surface with a non stick product like pam to prevent seed from sticking, would it harm the seed?
tedin wrote:4. I've found the bleach treatment process to work well to assist in germination of reluctant seed. I typically use it when an original planting of seed doesn't germinate at all or only a few of the seeds germinate. I typically plant the treated seed immediately after treatment. Would it harm the newly saved seed to bleach treat it in bulk before drying it?
tedin wrote:5. Would a product like talcum powder or Diatomaceous earth assist in maintaining low moisture on the seed surface while in storage?
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Farmerboy wrote:I have used this method of saving Tomato Seeds for 46 years with almost 100% success.
Choose a ripe Tomato with all the qualities you want, such as nice shape, color, no blemishes, etc.
Spread a Paper Towel or Napkin on the table. Write the name of the Tomato on the paper towel or napkin and the date.
Slice the tomato. Use a knife tip to pick out the seeds and smear them onto a Paper towel or Napkin. Separate the seeds if they are in a clump. You want individual seeds.
Let them dry on the paper towel. Fold the paper towel or napkin and store in an envelope. Write the name of the tomato and date on the envelope .
When you go to use the seeds, tear off a tiny piece of the paper towel or napkin with a seed on it and plant the paper with the seed stuck to it. The tomato seed will germinate and grow. Just like planting one of those paper strips with seeds attached. I repeat I have almost 100% success for the past 46 years using this technique. No fermenting or other processing necessary.
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