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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Jun 7, 2017 3:12 PM CST
Hi, Guys!

I know there are a bazillion ways to save tomato seeds. Here's MY way, via a gardener on one of my other websites. Been doing it this way for the last 3 years, and, it works for me! Enjoy!

MY Seed Saving Pictorial! So easy, I did this at "brunch" today!

Made my breakfast sandwich of a toasted bagel, a soft boiled egg salad, and an heirloom Cherokee Purple Tomato. You can see the big bite I took!
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Here's the Heirloom Cherokee Purple tomato I was slicing up on my sandwich -- and, the remaining portions of that tomato!
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As I was enjoying that juicy sandwich and looking down at all those seeds, it hit me! I am eating an absolute delicious, bona fide HEIRLOOM tomato, from which I CAN SAVE SEEDS!!!

So, I finished the tomato I was eating (I'm not THAT crazy, LOL), and started working with what fell into the bowl, and what was left in the pieces. I pulled them out with my knife, onto a paper towel, sitting on top of a plastic baggie. You can see the green gel casings surrounding the seeds...
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I used my index finger to draaaaaaaaag each seed lightly across the paper towel, with just enough pressure to separate the seed from the gel casing. (Using your fingernail, in conjunction with the tip of your finger, helps slide it across the paper towel more easily.) Then, since there weren't so many seeds, (and to not gross ya'll out totally), I picked each seed up and placed it on a much cleaner paper towel, again draaaaaaging it lightly to ensure each gel casing was separated from the seed. Otherwise, they'd have stayed on that same paper towel...
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Then, I folded the paper towel over, and labeled it, right on the paper towel.
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And, into a Ziplok baggie it goes, until I reach for it on December 22, 2017, when I start seeds indoors under lights for the Spring/Summer tomato garden. Rolling my eyes.
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That's it. That's all! It's that EZ, and it WORKS! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jun 7, 2017 3:18 PM CST
I do something similar, but I place them in a tea strainer and run tap water over them to get rid of the gel. Then I dry them on paper.
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jun 20, 2017 8:31 PM CST
Cool. I didn't know the fermenting was about getting rid of gel.
You could possibly space the seeds on the towel, and then just open it up, cover with soil, and water it when its time to grow.

Lovely tomatoes breakfast, CP is my favorite.
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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
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Gymgirl
Jun 20, 2017 9:02 PM CST
Sally,
The fermenting process is also about getting rid of any potential pathogens that the seeds might harbor. Keep down the spread of diseases. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Intheswamp
Jun 23, 2017 7:31 AM CST
Your process is interesting, Linda. It pretty much goes against several things that are usually recommended when saving tomato seeds...

1. Ferment seeds to remove gel and reduce pathogens/disease.
2. Open air dry until seeds "snap" rather than "bend".
3. Don't put still-moist seeds into a sealed container, let them dry thoroughly before sealing in container.

But yet, you have success each year. Smiling

Do you know what your germination rate is? Any problem with disease?

I have a friend who had never heard about fermenting tomato seeds until I (the inexperienced rookie) mentioned it to him this year. He has saved tomato seeds for years by simply spreading out on a plate and letting them dry, then scraping them into old medicine pill bottles. He never paid any attention to the gel. He has some disease and blight as the season goes by, but here in humid south Alabama that isn't unusual. I'll have to ask him how his germination rate has been (if he has paid attention to it).

Thanks for sharing!
Ed



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