Preparation & Plants – Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds.


Every Spring/Summer the garden beds are full of the previous year’s fallen tomatoes. These forgotten tomatoes self-seed and send up new sprouts by the dozens. Why then are tomato seeds so notoriously hard to save?

Tomato seeds are surrounded by a gelatinous sac that allows them to adhere to the garden soil for sprouting. This same gelatin works against growing the same seeds in pots. The gelatinous moisture is a perfect environment for disease to thrive in.

This year I decided to mimic nature and save the seeds without spending time, or dealing with the mess of fermentation.


The steps I followed are explained in this short video.

For more information on different ways to save tomato seeds visit this link:
Saving Tomato Seeds

7 thoughts on “Preparation & Plants – Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds.

  1. Kathy,
    I went to your youtube video today and was so interested in this project to save tomato seeds. Hope you are able to grow lovely tomatoes in your frozen cookie container and your seeds made it through its dormancy.

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    1. Susie, the seeds in the cookie container would not sprout for me, but happily, the seeds from the same tomatoes, planted in milk cartons and placed outdoors are now sprouting. I will have to update the post later in February. Thanks for your interest in the project. Kathy

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      1. I am interested in all things gardening. We have such a short growing season here and I am counting the days till it is done for 2015. I will be sad to see my little plants die away in the intense heat. Each year I resolve not to do this again but come fall and winter, I will be caught doing the same thing over and over again. Oh, for the sight of a few green leaves.

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