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Old 09-03-2006, 05:06 PM   #1
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Preparing seeds from fresh tomatoes

I want to take seeds from my Mortgage Buster/Lifter tomatoes and get them ready for planting next year. I haven't the foggiest idea of how to do this. Do I squeeze the seeds out then lay them out on a paper towel to dry? Do I dry them in my food dehydrator? Any ideas out there?

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Old 09-03-2006, 05:56 PM   #2
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This is a great "how to" site. http://gardening.about.com/od/totall...omatoSeeds.htm

I followed the easy instructions last year, when I wanted to save seeds from a co-worker's lovely Ultra Sweet tomato plant. Worked perfectly and I planted, germinated and gave away 30 tomato plants (saved 6 for myself) from the seeds I treated this way.

This year's crop of Ultra Sweets is gorgeous!

Good luck!

Lee
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Old 09-03-2006, 06:28 PM   #3
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One problem with hybrids though, is that they do not do well from seed. I found that out some time ago. Otherwise I just save the seeds, dry them out and package to plant at the right time.
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Old 09-03-2006, 06:36 PM   #4
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Another problem is if your mortgage buster tomatoes were planted next to another variety of tomatoe, where cross-pollination may occur, resulting in a totally different tomatoe plant next year if you use those seeds. As far as drying your seeds, I would just scoop the pulp and seeds into a fine mesh colander and rinse off with water to eliminate the pulp, then lay the seeds on a paper towel to dry out completely, then place into an airtight container.
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Thank you all for your answers. QSis, I checked out that site and it answered my questions, thanks.
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