Time to Save Tomato Seeds Again

I’ve had such good success with saving tomato seeds in years past, I’d be remiss not to continue the tradition. I picked some of my favorite tomatoes from the garden this year from which to save seeds.

The first tomato is this orange Sungold-esque cherry tomato. I don’t think it’s actually a Sungold because Sungold is a hybrid, but these might be the next generation of seeds I’ve saved from Sungold’s of years past. I’ll call it Sungold V2.0.

The next tomato is a small-ish (larger than a cherry tomato, but still small) red tomato. This plant has been a fairly good producer for me, and I like these tomatoes.

I have absolutely no idea what kind of tomato it is, unfortunately. I labeled all the seeds I started in spring, but as plants were divided, tags were left off, and most of the tags that were kept with their plants faded or washed off by mid-summer anyway.

I’m also saving seeds from this Coure di Bue. It’s an heirloom tomato, so I should get more Coure di Bue tomatoes from it’s seeds. This one was, in fact, grown from seeds I had saved from a previous Coure di Bue tomato.

Coure di Bue translates to “ox heart.” It Kind of looks like a heart, I suppose.

The last tomato I’ve chosen to save seeds from this year is the Siletz.

Siletz shown next to orange cherry tomato for size

The Siletz tomato is just a solid, classic round, red tomato. It’s an heirloom, just like the Coure di Bue, so I’ll get more Siletz from its seed.

I’m going to run a controlled experiment this year with the Coure di Bue and Siletz. Some people say you have to ferment the seeds to remove the seed coating because that coating inhibits germination, but others say it doesn’t matter. I’ll collect half the seeds from one Coure di Bue and one Siletz and ferment to remove the protective seed coating, and the other half, I’ll just rinse off and let dry.

Come spring, I’ll plant both fermented and un-fermented seeds and see what the germination rates are like.

While I was at it, I also collected more Blue Lake Pole Bean pods.

It’s a solid, tasty bean, and it couldn’t be easier to collect the seeds. Just let a few of the pods mature and dry on the vine and….

I’m definitely saving the seeds from the pods on the right…I’m not sure I want to perpetuate seeds from the five stunted pods on the left.

…ta da! You have seeds for next year!

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