How to save tomato seeds

Our tomato crop went kaput after a very short season... ...but there was one variety that I absolutely adored. 'Earl's Faux Pink Beefst...


Our tomato crop went kaput after a very short season…

…but there was one variety that I absolutely adored. ‘Earl’s Faux Pink Beefsteak.’

Photo from heirloomtomatoplants.com

Whoa. I mean, WHOA. This tomato is unbelievable. I did a bit of research, and apparently it won Cincinnati’s CHOPTAG (Cincinnati Heirloom & Open Pollinated Tomato Associate Growers) Taste Fest in 2003. From heirloomtomatoplants.com: “From among more than 50 great varieties, Earl’s Faux was the hands-down winner and is now the talk of the tomato world.”

So naturally, I want to save some seeds to be able to grow some more next year. ‘Earl’s Faux’ is a perfect candidate, seeing as it’s open-pollinated and the seeds will come true to the mother plant next year.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to save your tomato seeds from your favorite vines. It’s not hard at all, but it’s more involved than just scooping them out, so READ UP!

The last few ‘Earl’s Faux’ are sitting in my kitchen at home. I’ll let you know how my seed saving goes. It’ll be hard to squeeze one into a cup rather than my mouth, but I’ll try to remind myself that the delayed gratification will be totally worth it come next summer.