How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Saving Tomato Seeds

Heirloom tomatoes are the highlight of summer—beautiful colors and bountiful flavors! Preserve the bounty for next year by saving seed of your favorite tomato varieties. You only need a few fruit to get started, so watch the slideshow below and learn how. By doing so you'll carry on a gardening tradition that is many generations old. For even more tomato seed saving information, register for our Tomato Seed Saving Webinar.

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Note from a seed saver: Tomatoes will usually self-pollinate, so seeds saved should remain ‘true-to-type’ without worries about cross-pollination. However, there are always exceptions. Some tomatoes can cross-pollinate, which depends on many factors such as flower shape, environment, and pollinator activity. To ensure seed purity you may want to plant only one variety of tomato, or spread different varieties throughout your garden.