I was wondering how you save tomato seeds to plant next year.
I know there are thin slimy coverings on the seeds, what do I do with those?
Any help would be awesome!
There are basically three methods of seed extraction: (1) juice and seed extraction, (2) acid extraction which is not recommended, and (3) extraction by fermentation, which is the preferred method. Fermentation is the preferred method because it is a natural process that is least harmful to the seed and can destroy bacterial canker and other seed-borne diseases. Fermentation should be a controlled process. Though not difficult to do, it can be done incorrectly, in which case the ferment produces a bad smell and an overgrowth of white fungus which can stain and damage the seed. Details of the proper procedure are described in the section below.
FERMENTATIVE EXTRACTION The preferred method for producing commercial-grade seed
The best quality seed is obtained by fermentative extraction. The process basically consists of breaking or mashing up the fruit into pulp, seeds, and juice, and then pouring the mixture (â€œmashâ€) into a large container where it ferments for a period lasting usually three days. After fermentation is complete the seed is separated by washing, and then the seed is dried. Though the process is quite simple there are some important details for performing the process properly.
AnnaIkona wrote:I've searched HealpfulGardener, and I decided to simple squeeze the seeds out onto a papertowel, let all the liquid stuff soak in and dry, and then into the envelope for next year
Apparently my grandmother used this method too, so I'm gonna try it on some cherry tomatoes and black krim ones too. Thanks for your help! Take care.