Tomato seeds need to be fermented to remove a gel sac that surrounds them. Fermenting the seeds prepares them for germination. This Knol article teaches you everything you need to know about fermenting and collecting tomato seeds.
How to Ferment and Collect Tomato Seeds
Step One: Identify the seeds & notice the gel sacs around the tomato seeds.
|Tomato Seeds in Gel Sacs: Gary Pilarchik|
Tomato Seeds and Gel Sacs: Gary Pilarchik
Step Two: Collect the tomato seeds in a bowl.
Step Three: Place the tomato seeds and liquid into a jar with a lid.
Step Four: Let the tomato seeds ferment 5 to 7 days.
- Ferment 5-7 days
- Keep jars out of direct sunlight
- Open the jars 1x daily to release gas
- Swirl jar contents gently 1x daily
- If it stinks it is working
Tomato Seed Fermentation: Gary Pilarchik
Step Five: Fully fermented tomato seeds need to be rinsed clean.
|Fermented Tomato Seeds: Gary Pilarchik|
|Rinse the Tomato Seeds: Gary Pilarchik|
Step Six: Place the cleaned tomato seeds on coffee filters to dry.
|Dried Fermented Tomato Seeds: Gary Pilarchik|
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