The Q&A Archives: Saving and Storing Tomato Seeds

Question: How can I save and store tomato seeds? My tomatoes are heirloom
Amish Paste.

Thanks, Hal Meyer

Answer: Take a really ripe tomato, cut it in half, and scoop out the seeds (there will be a gooey glob surrounding each seed). Don't take any tomato pulp, just the seeds and the surrounding gelatin-like material. Then spread a teaspoonful of seeds on an index card. The gelataneous mass will help them stick to the card. Keep spreading on cards until you run out of seeds. Lay the cards out on a table or counter until the seeds dry. (They'll stick like glue to the cards!) Once you're sure the seeds are thoroughly dry (peel one off the card to make sure), then put all the cards in a jar with a tight fitting lid, close it tight, and store it in a cool, dark location. Next spring your seeds will be ready to plant.

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