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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Saving Your Own Tomato Seeds

Scoop out the seeds and the gel-like material.

It is essential when saving tomato seeds to only select fruits from plants that have all the desirable traits required for the next generation. They must also be growing lustily and in good health. Fruits showing any signs of disease should not be considered for seed saving. Collect the fruits when they have properly ripened. That is when they are red, pink, yellow, or occasionally green, according to cultivar. The seeds within will then have developed normally. Too early removal may impede the proper full development of the seeds.

If a hybridizing programme has been undertaken, then make sure that only fruits that have clipped sepals are harvested for seed. Where a number of different crosses have been made take great care over labelling. Fruits are best placed in separate bags. Never place fruits that are to be used for seed harvesting in metal containers as the metal may react with the acids in the tomato and affect seed viability.

This is part of an introduction to a photographic step-by-step sequence that takes the home gardener through all the necessary processes to ensure successfully prepared home grown tomato seeds. It has been posted today on the GardenMessenger web-site. To visit click here.

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