Posted By Jonathan on October 31, 2012
It seems like just yesterday I was writing about how to plant an eggplant seed, and here it is time to harvest and save the seeds again for next year. This year has flown by, and has been very busy. I have not posted nearly as much as I’d like, but there is always changing that.
Our eggplants didn’t do very well for the first 3/4 of the year, mainly due to a flea beetle problem. By the time I got them under grow covers, the bugs had done their dirty work. I’m hoping next year won’t be as bad. However, in the last part of the year, the plants really took off! They more than doubled in size, and by the time frost came, they had many blooms on them, and had lots of soft foliage. Eggplant leaves are very pleasant to the touch.
We did manage to grow one eggplant fruit, and I’m very glad that it grew. I decided to let it go for seeds, instead of eating it, because we have old seeds from a couple of years ago which need replacing. If you would like to save eggplant seeds, just let the fruit stay on the plant until it is yellowish in color, like you see below.
To start off with, cut the eggplant into halves and then quarters. Most of the seeds will be in the bottom part of the eggplant, located in grooves that run along the curve of the fruit. I used a knife to scrape the seeds out.
Once you scrape out all of the seeds from the grooves, they will be covered in a slimy pulp. To remove this, put the seeds into a glass of water and stir the seeds. This will make all the pulp leave the seeds and it will float around. You can then drain the pulp water off and you will have clean seeds.
At this point, just place the seeds on a paper towel for a day to let them dry. You can put them into a dry, cool place once they are dried off. That’s all there is too it.
Saving seed is very easy, if you can prevent your plants from cross-pollinating. After that stage, just let the fruit over-ripen and you can get the seeds.