How to Save Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2738
Binomial name: Solanum lycopersicum
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Pollination||Self-pollinated and insect pollinated|
|Other Isolation Methods||Cover flowers with paper bags.|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||1|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||5-10|
|When to Harvest||When fruit is completely ripe.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut individual fruit from the plant. Cut fruit in half and squeeze out the seeds and pulp.
|How to Clean||
Place seeds in a container and cover with water. Ferment for 1-3 days to remove the gelatinous coating from around the seeds. Add more water, stir the mixture, then decant the floating pulp leaving the viable seeds which have settled to the bottom. Repeat until all pulp is removed. Place seeds in a seive and rinse thoroughly. Spread clean seeds out on a plate to dry.
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What is Seed Saving?
Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use.