How to dry tomatoe seeds

United States
August 28, 2006 8:37pm CST
I would like to find out how to dry seeds taken from fresh tomatoes, and how to start them and replant them next year.
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15 responses
@nancygibson (3737)
• France
21 Oct 06
the ood thing is tomato seeds are pretty tough and germinate well, you should have no problem with saved seeds
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@pisshole (493)
• New Zealand
29 Aug 06
Cut the tomato in half across the middle. Scoop the seeds out into a container and add a couple of tablespoons of water. Cover it with plastic wrap, then poke a couple of small holes in the plastic wrap. Put the container in a warm place and wait three or four days for it to ferment. Stir the seed and water mixture every night. There should be a scum on top of the water. Remove the scum carefully with a spoon, then pour the container out into a sieve and and rinse the seeds with water. Make sure you rinse the whole surface of the seeds, you might want to stir them a bit. Shake the sieve when you're done to try and get as much of the water off the seeds as possible. Get another container that's big enough so that you can spread the seeds out to a single layer, preferably not touching each other. Put them somewhere safe to dry for a few days. Stir them once a day to make sure that they dry evenly. It could take up to a week, maybe even a little bit longer if the air has a lot of moisture in it. When they're dry you should be able to shake them around on a plate without them sticking to the plate or each other. Store them in a paper bag in a dry place. They'll germinate in almost anything as long as they get moisture and warmth. Make sure they can drain. Don't plant too early, a couple of weeks after the last frost is good. Tomatoes need a lot of bright light (unlike gremlins).
@tvnaresh (1583)
• India
19 Oct 06
gr8 reply...
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Hi! I just got this from an old English garnedning magazine. I haven't had a chance to try it yet but it comes from an expert who has been breeding & selling American seeds in the UK for a while. 1) Choose heavy fruit from the bottom of the vine that is very ripe. Cut them open & scoop out the seeds. 2) Put the seeds in a cup of tepid water and whirl briefly in a blender or food processor to separate the jelly from the seeds. 3)Put seeds in a jar with about 1/2 pint of water and add 1 spoon of washing soda. Leave to ferment for two days. Fertile seeds will drop to the bottom and the remainder will float. 4) Take fertile seeds. Wash, dray and store in a dark container with a pinch of silica gel. Keep container in a fridge until ready to use. I'm not quite sure what washing soda is and have to find out before I try this.
@owlwings (39870)
• Cambridge, England
17 Dec 06
You can do it very simply by scraping the seeds onto a piece of kitchen paper (or any other absorbent paper) and just leaving them to dry in a dry atmosphere. Tomato seeds are actually covered in a mucus which tends to prevent germination unless it has been exposed to a fairly acid environment, so you actually get better germination if the tomato seed has been eaten. Some of the finest tomato plants grow in and around a town's sewage works! This is the plant's clever strategy to distribute its progeny over as wide an area as possible. Theoretically, you should get a better germination by giving the seeds a bath for a few hours in an acid solution (hydrochloric acid is the main acid in the stomach). I don't think that tomato growers do this, however. Do bear in mind that the tomatoes you buy in the shops are usually F1 hybrids so the plants that you grow from the seeds are not likely to come true to type. They may have many fewer fruit or they may not be as sweet or fleshy or tasty. If you are VERY lucky, they could be even better - in which case, save those seeds and grow them on until they come true to type and then sell them as a new variety!
@suren2k6cse (2625)
• India
27 Nov 06
cut the seed and keep in sun
• China
26 Nov 06
I do not know how to dry it can you teach me/ i want to know!
@metong (655)
• Philippines
26 Nov 06
just spread a plastic then put the seeds of tomatoes and put them under the sun for 3-5days for them to become dry so that you can replant them next year.
@onehrk (127)
• United States
22 Oct 06
Take them out and let the sun dry them.
@pusiket (1759)
• Philippines
22 Oct 06
i have no idea
• India
19 Oct 06
• India
19 Oct 06
put it in sun!!!
@code_11 (902)
• Nigeria
19 Oct 06
put it on a tray and keep it under the sun to dry
11 Sep 06
Cut the tomato and take out the seeds. Wash these seeds 2-3 times with water. Then dry the seeds in the sun by putting them on a polythene sheet. Remember the temperature should not be more than 40 degree C otherwise seed germination may be affected
@krishna183 (2286)
• India
8 Sep 06
i guess put it in the sun wats wrong ?
@ntsiti (112)
8 Sep 06
Cut the tomato.Take the seeds out into the sun to dry.Keep them safely until next ploughing season.Simple