How to Dry Fruit Seeds


Why purchase seeds every time you want to plant more of what you already have growing in your yard or garden? Fruit seeds are easy to dry and preserve for planting. You need just a few household items to dry fruit seeds properly, and the process can be short and sweet. Just remember to harvest your seeds from ripened fruit that is free of disease and insects.

Step 1

Remove the seeds from the ripe fruit. Place the seeds in a strainer and rinse them thoroughly, removing all the fruit flesh from the seeds.

Step 2

Place the seeds in a bowl of water. Let the water and seeds stand at room temperature for three or four days and allow the seeds to ferment. Stir the water two or three times each day to prevent mold from forming.

Step 3

Pour the water and seeds through a strainer and shake excess water off the seeds. Line a shallow tray with clean, dry paper towels. Spread the fruit seeds out to dry in a single layer on the tray.

Step 4

Place the tray of fruit seeds in a dry, airy location in your house. Allow the seeds to dry completely before storing them. You can store the fruit seeds in a cool, dark and dry place in paper envelopes or small glass jars.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid drying and saving seeds from hybrid fruits. Seeds from hybrid plants are often sterile, and those that will actually germinate will produce a plant that won't display the same characteristics as the parent plant. Don't dry fruit seeds from an unhealthy fruit tree. Make sure the fruit isn't infested with pests or diseases.

Things You'll Need

  • Fruits
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Strainer
  • Spoon
  • Shallow tray
  • Paper towels
  • Paper envelopes or small glass jars
  • Dish soap (optional)


  • Finding, Gathering, Saving Seeds

Who Can Help

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