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Saving Tomato Seeds

Why save tomato seed?

1. It is cheap and easy
Collecting your own tomato seeds is straightforward and will save you money. Note that if you grow more than one variety of tomato, or your plants are pollinated by insects, the seeds may well be a hybrid of both parent plants. Commercially grown tomatoes are usually labelled with a variety these days, and you can just as easily save seeds from these.


Step-by-step instructions

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Sharp knife


Small blender

Kitchen roll

Step 1

Chop a tomato in half using a sharp knife.

Step 2

Scoop out the centre with a teaspoon.

Step 3

Place in a small blender and add a little water.

Step 4

Blitz the contents. This will remove the jelly from the seeds without causing any damage.

Step 5

Strain off the water, and spread the contents on a piece of kitchen roll. Leave on a sunny windowsill to dry for a week or so

Step 6

Pick out the dry seeds and place in a small envelope or bag. Be sure to label the contents.



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