what is the proper or best way to get seed from vegitables?(i.e.
peppers, tomatoes, squash, eggplant, etc.) i have had hit and miss
luck. should you leave fruit overripen on the plant, or pick and deseed
and dry seed? can't seem to make it go my way all the time.
Peppers, I just remove the seeds from a ripe fruit and dry them on a
papertowel. Same with squash and melons.
Tomatoes, squeeze the juice and seeds from a ripe tomato into a small
jar and add a little water to dilute it. Sit it aside somewhere that
your family won't find it and throw it away. Let it rot for a few days.
Then filter out the seeds and rinse them and dry on a paper towel.
I haven't done eggplant seeds.
Hi Bob, I saved tomato seeds before just from squeezing the tomato and
letting the seeds dry on paper towel. Why do you let it rot for a few days
in a bit of water? does it make it better/hardier?
The only things I would add to this are to wait until there is a
slight smell of fermentation and a small area of white appears at
the surface. Dead seed float and live seeds sink. The seeds
might appear slightly grey.
Wash them off and let the good seeds dry on a coffee filter or
The seeds should be good for several years. The fermentation
kills a lot of diseases.
If rubbing the seeds together between your fingers pulverizes
them then you have overdone the fermentation.
Canada Zone 5a
United States Zone 3a
Near Ottawa, Ontario
I have just left a tomato to dry up in the green house. When I have come to
it the next year, and removed the seeds they have allways germinated. I
think it is very hard to kill tomato seeds. you can even plant the whole
thing dry skin as well, they will germinate. hope this helps you.
Richard M. Watkin.
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