Harvest your own seeds - 01. August 2021
All Zollinger Bio varieties are open-pollinated, which means are naturally pollinated and you can save the seeds for the next growing season! But how?
Many species only produce their seeds in the second year or require additional complex steps to achieve good germination quality. But for some species, it is very easy. This is how we do it for tomatoes:
Very ripe fruits are harvested and cut in half. You can then extract the seeds and use the rest of the pulp to make a sauce. To separate them from the surrounding gelatinous substance, we put the seeds in a glass, add a little water and a spoon of sugar. The mixture is left to ferment for 2-3 days at room temperature, dissolving the gelatine.
Then add water. The remaining pulp and the bad seeds float, the "good" seeds remain at the bottom. Decant several times, then spread the seeds on some absorbent paper.
Tip: Most vegetable seeds can be stored in a cool, dry place for 3-5 years, and protected from light. Ideally you will store them in an airtight container, with some rice to absorb the rest of the moisture.