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Sep 28, 2009 07:35 AM

Drying Tomato seeds

I had an odd paste tomato come up in my compost. It's 4" long by 1 1/2" wide with a pointed end. I picked a couple of the bigger ones and want to grow them next spring.
How do I go about drying the seeds?

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  1. Tomato seeds need special handling, it's not a matter of simply drying them. Here are two sites with instructions:

    1. I just put them on a paper towel and set them on the counter until they were totally dried (and sticking to the paper towel). I put them in the fridge with my other seeds and they were perfectly fine.

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      1. re: josey124

        I highly recommend using a paper plate instead of a paper towel. It's much easier to separate the seeds once they have dried.

      2. Here is a link to an article about "Saving Tomato Seeds Without Fermentation". Haven't tried it yet, but it evidently works.
        Be sure to read the comments at the bottom.