Extracting Tomato Seeds
The gel inside the
tomato that holds the seeds contains growth inhibitors that keep
them from germinating inside the fruit. This must be fermented
off before storing the seed for winter.
fruit from the desired plants when it is ripe. Cut the fruit and
squeeze the pulp into a container. Add a little water and allow
it to stand at room temperature for two to four days. Stir the
pulp occasionally. When the seeds settle out, pour off the
liquid. Spread the seeds on a paper towel in a single layer and
allow them to dry thoroughly.
How to Overwinter Tomato Seeds
It is important
that seeds are stored under cool, dry conditions. Place the
seeds in an envelope marked with the variety. Then place the
envelopes in an airtight container.
The little packets
of silica gel that are packed with electronic equipment, shoes,
etc. can be saved and placed in the container with the seed
packages to absorb any excess moisture. Store the container(s)
in your refrigerator until you are ready to plant the seeds.
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