Saving tomato seeds

Learn how to save tomato seeds, including what you’ll need, the best time to collect the seeds, and how to properly store them.

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Saving tomato seeds is a fun and easy hobby that can save you money and provide you with a sense of accomplishment. 

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This is the method I used and it is the best method, even though it may be a bit more time-consuming than the other one, it brings better results.

Fermentation method


 Through fermentation, the protective gel layer on top of the seeds, which prevents them from sprouting, is removed.

Fermentation method


When saving tomato seeds, it is important to treat them to prevent the transmission of any diseases.

Treating seeds


You can treat them with a solution of 10% bleach and 90% water for about 10 minutes to kill any bacteria or fungus.

Treating tomato seeds


The perfect storing conditions for saved tomato seeds are a cool, dry, and dark place. Ideally, the temperature should be between 32-41°F (0-5°C) and the humidity should be low, around 40-50%.

Storing seeds


It’s also good to label the container with the variety of tomato and the date they were saved. It is also important to note that tomato seeds can last up to 5 years when stored properly.

Seed storing tips


Saving tomato seeds is a fun and easy way to preserve your favorite varieties and save money on your gardening. With a little patience and attention to detail, you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come. 

Saving tomato seeds