With tomato seed offered by catalogues becoming so expensive it is no wonder that many gardeners are choosing to save seed for themselves. While my early attempts at saving tomato seeds left me with pretty unworkable cakes of seedy pulp stuff I now save tomato seeds very easily through the process of fermenting. All that is required is a few simple tools and a little bit of patience.
First things first – find your favorite open-pollinated (non-hybrid) or Heirloom tomato plant and pick yourself some very ripe or over-ripe tomatoes. Tomato seed is often at its best when the fruit is over-ripe though good seed can often be extracted from barely ripe fruit.
|Selecting Hahms Gelbe Tomatoes for Seed Processing|
|Squeezing Tomatoes for Seed Processing|
|A layer of mold has now formed on top of pulp mixture|
|Rinsing out Tomato Seeds|
|Rinsed out Tomato Seeds in my Sieve thingy|
|Hahms Gelbe seeds ready to dry|
|Some finished seed - Notice the fine hairs on the seeds|