How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds for Planting Next Year

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  • 1. How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds for Planting Next Year
  • 2. Introduction Nowadays, more and more gardeners are adapting the habit of saving their heirloom tomato seeds. They do this for many reasons—the first one being that it’s more cost-ecological. When you save heirloom tomato seeds for planting next year, you won’t ever need to get new seeds again. You can just store the seeds from your harvests and then sow them for the succeeding seasons.
  • 3. Saving heirloom tomato seeds is also a good way to cut back on gardening costs. Rather than purchasing new seed packs every season, you can just get some from your own seed collection and save more money in the long run. This is ideal for the environment as well since you’ll be reusing heirloom tomato seeds from your own vegetable garden. To learn how to save and store your heirloom tomato seeds properly, go ahead and follow the step-by-step directions given in the next slides.
  • 4. 8 Steps to Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds for Planting Next Year
  • 5. 1. Choose the Right Heirloom Tomatoes Picking the right kind of tomatoes should be your number-one priority because this will bring you the best seeds. The ones you should use are the best-looking and best-tasting tomatoes from your garden. Make sure that they’re also fully ripe so you can get more seeds to save.
  • 6. 2. Cut the Tomatoes Horizontally Slicing them this way will easily expose the tomato seeds.
  • 7. 3. Put the Seeds & Gel into a Container The next step is to scrape out all the seeds (including the tomato gel) into a container, preferably a glass jar. Add labels to the jars such as the date and tomato variety.
  • 8. 4. Submerge the Tomato Seeds & Gel Now, add an inch of water into the glass jar to submerge the heirloom tomato seeds and gel. In about 3-5 days, white mold will grow on the surface which will then isolate the seeds from the gel.
  • 9. 5. Take Out the Water and the Excess Seeds When mold starts to show, you’ll have to empty the jar of water as well as any excess seeds that are floating on the surface. Keep the sunken seeds because they’re ideal for saving.
  • 10. 6. Rinse the Heirloom Tomato Seeds Next, get a mesh strainer and begin rinsing the sunken seeds gently. Use running water to effectively remove the leftover gel.
  • 11. 7. Dry the Heirloom Tomato Seeds For this seventh step, you’ll need to spread out the seeds on a couple of paper plates or paper towels to dry. When the seeds easy slip off the plates, it means they’re dry and ready for storage.
  • 12. 8. Preserve the Seeds in Ziploc Bags & Glass J Once the heirloom tomato seeds are completely dry, put them inside a Ziploc bag and then place the bag in a tightly- sealed glass jar. This will keep the seeds fresh for a long, long time. Remember to store the heirloom tomato seeds in a cool, dry place (e.g. inside the refrigerator) to further prolong the shelf life of the seeds.
  • 13. So that’s how to save heirloom tomato seeds for planting next year. Just observe and repeat the steps properly and you’ll get unlimited seed access not just for the next season but also for many years to come!
  • 14. Thanks for watching! To learn more about heirloom tomato seeds, visit us at homeandgardenamerica.com