MrsClark

Letting Carrots go to seed

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I was trying to do a little reading on letting carrots go to seed. All of my veges come from heirloom seeds so I know I can save seeds. For my carrots, I believe what I have read it that basically, I have to leave them in the ground until they bolt and go to seed. Same as say Radish or lettuce, etc. That should be in their second year.

 

Has anyone seeded carrots? Am I understanding this correctly?

 

Now when this happens, do I let the flower dry on the stem or do I cut the flower head off during blooming and then allow to dry inside, or do I put a paper bag over the top of the flower? I have heard different things, so what do you gals think?

 

Thanks for your expertise!

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I save carrot seeds every year... I just leave a few in the ground to over-winter. When they finally bolt in the second year, I wait for them to dry out a bit and then snip the entire head into a paper bag so that it still has ventilation to dry out completely. I am a lazy seed saver so I don't bother trying to separate the seeds from the flower head. Once it is completely dried, I just crumble the entire head and plant it all.

 

I essentially follow these same rules for any plants that have to over-winter before going to seed like collards, radishes, etc...

 

I noticed yesterday that one of my lettuce plants is already starting to bolt. They had spent two days on the potting table in the sun. Now they are back in the greenhouse.

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Fantastic!! Thanks for the help!

 

I like the lazy part!

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Carrots very easily cross-pollinate with Queen Anne's Lace.  I'm not sure where my Seed to Seed book is now, and I don't remember what you have to do in areas where there is Queen Anne's Lace.  If it grows in your area, it is something to look into.    Has anyone looked at the new seed saving book from Seed Savers Exchange?

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