Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How To - Save Tomato Seeds for Next Year's Crop

Fermentation of Tomato Seeds.  Photo courtesy of About.com

Hi Friends,
We had some really delicious home grown tomatoes this year.  One plant was an Early Girl, another was Big Boy and last Sweet 100.  I had a few plants where the tomatoes were bland, but I really liked the results from the three I mentioned.

When you have great tasting produce, it is nice to save some seed from it to help get the same wonderful quality in a plant next year.

Some plants such as watermelon, pumpkin or peppers you can just save the seeds, dry them and plant next year.  Saving tomato seeds is a bit more complex as to get the best results it requires a process called fermentation.

About.com has the best site I found for taking you step by step through the fermentation process.  It shows great photos for each step.  We are in the fermentation process at our home right now.  It really isn't a difficult process, but it does take several days.  It will be next spring before I can tell you if our saving of tomato seeds was successful, but I'm thinking it will be as I'm being very diligent at following each step exactly.  I want to lead you to About.com for saving tomato seeds because as I said, the photos and explanation were like someone talking me through the process.

I hope you will give it a try.  Come next spring, you will be glad you saved those seeds so you can once again look forward to some delicious tomatoes.

Happy Homemaking,
Nancy

3 comments:

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

I might try this for next plantiing season. I just never seem to have luck with tomatoes

Healing Woman said...

This is something I will try next year since my tomatoes were very bland this year and I don't want to repeat that experience.

Thanks for this very interesting post.

Julie Tyra said...

the types of tomatoes you mentioned are all hydrids - i thought this would not work.....

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