What a glorious thought it is that today’s harvested seed will become tomorrow’s flourishing garden.
Store and collect Tomato seeds
Seeds from many plants can be saved simply by collecting them as they dry, however, tomatoes require a bit more effort. Tomato seeds are enclosed in a gelatinous sac that contains growth inhibitors and prevents the seeds from sprouting before they’ve buried themselves in the soil. This gel residue can be a problem for stored seeds as it can house seed-and soil-borne diseases, so the best way to remove this gel covering before storage is to allow the seeds to ferment. Follow this easy step-by-step guide and start storing your favourite tomato varieties for next season’s planting.
- Some plants are sterile and therefore unable to produce seed.
- Some plants, like pumpkins and squash, are monoecious, meaning they carry female and male flowers on separate plants. If you only have a male plant it will therefore not be able to produce fruit or, therefore, seed.
- Seed production requires a lot of energy for the plant therefore some years will produce better harvests than others. Other factors like water availability, frost, and temperatures also play a role in seed production.
For an easy step-by-step guide on saving seed, dig into the how to Guide below!
Collect and store seeds
Collecting and storing seeds gives you the opportunity to inexpensively increase the plants in your garden and allows you to delay sowing until a more suitable time when conditions are favourable for germination. By collecting and storing seeds this year, you can already look forward to your garden in the next. Follow this easy guide to show you exactly how to grow your favourite plants again, and again, and again.
Flowers for an autumn seed harvest