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still some "goo" on Tomato seeds after fermentation

Posted by mustard_seeds 4 -Onalaska Wisconsi (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 15, 13 at 11:06

Hello! This is my first time saving heirloom tomato seeds. I fermented seeds this past week and today rinsed them off, discarding the floaters and debris. Drained the rest, pressed between coffee filters to create a single layer, and left filters exposed to dry. I see there is still a gel like quality covering the seeds. Is that normal, or is that a sign they did not ferment long enough? Have a few other varieties that are still fermenting so I thought I would ask. Our library started a "seed library" this year and I want to give back good seeds. :) Rachel

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RE: still some "goo" on Tomato seeds after fermentation

I am not sure if the remaining goo would be a problem, but if you want to be sure you are donating good seeds, try a germination test on 10 or 20 seeds. Some people do germination tests by layering the seeds in a moist paper towel inside a plastic baggie. I do mine in a flat tupperware by laying a couple paper towels on the bottom of the container, then spreading out the seeds, mist them to keep moist, and lightly cover. Tomato seeds will sprout within a week or so if kept moist in a warm dry spot.

RE: still some "goo" on Tomato seeds after fermentation

Thanks Terrene - the seeds look like ones "from a package" now. I will let them dry a couple of weeks and then do the germination test to see how they are before I donate them back to the seed library. Great idea - thanks!

RE: still some "goo" on Tomato seeds after fermentation

I have had a little stubborn goo left on some of mine, too, but they seem to dry down OK on paper plates.

RE: still some "goo" on Tomato seeds after fermentation

I've always noticed that if they look 'hairy' and furry, after dried, you've come away with very healthy seeds that are extremely viable.

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