Your Own Carrot Seed?
Ever wondered why you never see carrot
seed on carrots?
The reason is that carrots are biennials which
means they grow one year and then produce seeds the next year.
Unfortunately for carrots, we eat them in year one and they
never get a chance to produce seed!
If you want carrot seed you need to over-winter the carrot and collect the seeds the next year. The
seeds will then form around mid June in year two. Collect the seeds
when they are fat but dry and before they fall to the ground.
Don't bother collecting seed from F1 carrots, they will not come
true to type.
To Plant Carrots
Carrots are best sown over a long period to ensure that they are
ready for eating from early
June to October (longer if stored
correctly). The table below shows when to sow carrots
(early and maincrop varieties) and when the will be ready for
harvest. Note that (as with all GardenAction pages) if you have
set your weather settings (see main menu at top), the months below
will be automatically adjusted for your area - if not, the
months shown below will be average dates.
June to July
Name: kenneth hawksworth
Date posted: October 02, 2011 - 03:34 pm
Message: dear sir can i sow carrat seeds and cabbage in october.
Name: Boyd Holmes
Date posted: November 26, 2010 - 08:49 am
Message: My carrots never seem to grow very large. They always seem to thin and twirley in shape is this because they have too much water ?
Name: steven hutton
Date posted: September 14, 2010 - 07:55 am
Message: i have been attempting to sow carrot seeds for the past three years and nothing comes up. I am using a well raked and dug up soil topped off with top soil