How to Harvest Tomato Seeds

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When harvesting tomato seeds from your favorite tomato, loosen the pulp from the seed then strain it in the sun for one to two days. Learn to harvest tomato seeds with help from an expert gardener in this free video on vegetable gardening.

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Hi, I'm Jene with Jene's Tropicals in St. Petersburg, Florida. Today, I'm going to demonstrate how to harvest tomato seeds. You'll need the following materials: a bowl, paper bag, an envelope to label your tomato seeds, a sharp knife, and a strainer. Okay, first of all, you pick your tomato that you absolutely love and you want to cut the seeds out. And put them in a Tupperware, kind of chop them up a little. You need to get the pulp off because you can't store them with wet gooey pulp or they'll end up molding on you. So, then we are going to put a little water in my Tupperware and then I'm just going to swish the seeds around to loosen the pulp off of the seed. Next we are going to strain the seed okay. And I'm going to take my seed out and I'm going to spread it out on a brown paper bag and then I'm going to let it dry in a sunny window sill for one to two days. Then after they've dried they are nice and clean and you want to put them in a nice clean envelope, there we go. Write the type of seed on the envelope if you know it and the date of when you harvested the seed because you want the seed to be fairly fresh or it wont' be viable if you wait like years down the road to use it. Store the tomato seed in a cool dark place such as a garage it's generally nice and cool in there. Put it in a dark corner and there you have it. I'm Jene; have a wonderful day.

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