How to Harvest and Store Tomato Seeds
Saving seeds is easy and economical ― just follow our simple guidelines and step-by-step instructions
Why save tomato seeds from year to year when buying packaged ones each year is so convenient? Because it’s easy and satisfying, especially when the seeds you save are heirloom varieties. September, when tomato production begins to wind down in Western gardens, is a good time to harvest seeds. Before you start, here are a few guidelines.
Preserve seed only from nonhybrid (open-pollinated) tomatoes. They produce offspring just like themselves, with only slight variations. On the other hand, hybrid tomatoes, which include most modern varieties, produce offspring that won’t necessarily look or taste the same as the parents.