How to Save Fruit and Vegetable Seeds

By Hunker Contributor

Most experienced gardeners save seeds from their annual crops. If you have an heirloom variety of a particular fruit or vegetable, it is advantageous to retain those seeds. Choose seeds from the best, or earliest, fruits and vegetables to continue desired traits.

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Save seeds from this year's harvest for next year's garden.

Step 1

Scrape the seeds away from the produce on any fruits or vegetables that have seeds that separate easily from the produce and are not covered in pulp.

Step 2

Remove as much pulp as possible from the seed with your fingers if you are saving seeds from produce with a lot of liquid or pulp. Soak or rinse them immediately to remove the remainder. After soaking, strain the seeds from the water with your hand or with a strainer.

Step 3

Spread out the seeds evenly on a glass dish. Place them in a sunny window for one week. Using a glass dish prevents the seeds from sticking, as they do to a paper towel. You won't damage the seeds trying to remove them from a glass surface.

Step 4

Place the seeds in an envelope after they have dried. Write the type of seed and the date on the envelope. Store them in a dry, dark, cool place.