Carrot seeds are an excellent source of fiber. Carrot seeds are a bit difficult to germinate, but once they do, the result is a high quality beta carotene vitamin. Carrot seeds can be stored for a year in an airtight container, and they will retain all of their nutrients. To grow carrot seeds, however, it's important to get full sun, which typically is regarded as 6 or more hours of full UV sunlight on that side. Carrots like well-drained, moisture-free soil, so this is the side that you want to focus on. This will also ensure that the carrots seeds germinate and grow quickly.
Carrot seeds germinate quickly in warm, shallow soil, making it a great crop for the first year of planting. However, carrots tend to be quite choosy about the soil they like, so you might want to choose your soil carefully. If you live in an area with cool summers and warm winters, you'll need to make sure the soil is neither too hot nor too cold. It's important that the root system gets a firm grasp on the ground but not too tight so that the roots must rest upon the soil surface.
Carrot seeds have a large number of pests, including white-flies and caterpillars, which will destroy your crop. It's important to harvest your carrots when the pests are not around, as the queen Anne will lay thousands of eggs each season. Carrot laces, which form the large majority of the Carrot's core, do not actually germinate until after the laces are about 5mm in diameter. You can use a sharp serrated knife to cut the laces, which will be useful for rinsing out the carrots under the bedding.
A second pest to deal with as you grow Carrot seeds are caterpillars, called 'caterpillars', which love to eat the Carrot's flesh. To prevent harm coming to your crop, cross-pollinate with other species of plants and produce seeds that are useful to the native plant communities. Cross-pollination requires you to place a few pieces of flower or fruit seeds into another plant that you hope will also produce edible seeds. This means that the native plant community receives new food, which helps its own survival.
The third enemy to your Carrot seeds is rust. Rust takes hold when Carrot seeds contain zinc, an element which has helped to form its defense. Remove any Carrot seeds from the garden which have been infected by rust, and spread the remaining seeds in a field where the plants are not affected. This will mean that you are not helping the path of rust to destroy the rest of your plants.
In the next few weeks, give your Carrot a watering treatment. Use a shallow dish to water the Carrot, avoiding the larger leaves which can wash away the water. Water until the soil is moist but not soaking wet. You will then start to germinate the Carrot seeds. Germination is not complete until the seeds have taken root and are now growing towards the sunlight.
Once your seeds are growing towards the sun, the 'air' part of the process comes in. Planting and seeding will occur during the summer months, not in the winter. If your growing season ends early, check your garden to see if there are any pests, fungi or insects that have taken root around the base of your plants. If so, they will need to be removed before you can continue with the harvesting process.
After you have removed any harmful pests and problems, check the quality of your seed coat. Carrot seeds will be more likely to germinate if they are well-seed and very well germinated. The seed coat is made up of the natures seed coat of the Carrot, and the thicker the seed coat the better germination. If you find that the Carrot seeds are thin and not properly seeded your crop will not reach its full potential.