Carrot seeds are an exciting, healthy alternative to flowers. But they need to be grown under a specialist's care so as not to scare away the local birds. If you have experienced the joys of having eaten a carrot seed, without having watched it wither and die, then you are an amateur gardener.
To harvest your carrot seeds in the spring is quite easy. As this kind of flower head or stem is commonly known as, when the flowers or petals begin to wither and dry out, cut them from the stem. Take them indoors or outdoor to dry completely. Do not hang or let them remain on damp walls or floors for fear of rotting.
Carrot seeds can be saved and stored for the next season. Wet seed packets save moisture but can be kept in a moist place until the next planting season, or stored in a refrigerator for longer storage. When choosing to save your carrot seeds, make sure they are dry and hard. Carrot seeds that are moist when removed from the plant should be soaked prior to transplanting. For drying, put them in a pan directly over low heat for one hour.
Before you start harvesting your carrot seeds in the fall, take a careful look at what you have grown so far. Try and remember how much you grew, and what kinds of colors and textures did you like best. In the first year, these types of flowers will need less water than those that produced a stronger fruit. Carrot seeds that germinate quickly in the first year often produce a large yield.
If the carrots you have just been harvested are of a high quality, there is a good chance they will produce a delicious, large crop in the first two years. Your first planting of Carrot seeds should be in the spring. The growth habit of the carrot plays an important role in the success of this flowering plant. The plant grows horizontally, so it is easier for the developing root system to reach the desired location for development. It is better to plant them about a foot deeper than they are in the ground so that they reach the growing medium deeper and have a deeper root system ready to contribute to the production of a delicious, large harvest.
In the fall, when the weather begins to get warmer, you can lightly water the carrots to prevent drying out. If you want to save seedlings for next year, you should carefully dig out all the roots. This will also allow you to harvest more carrots in the first year. Make sure that you do not damage the young roots by gently pulling on them while they are still attached. You should harvest every other day, but you may find it necessary to water the plants more often if they are very wet.
If you are in a hurry to get your Carrot out of storage, you should ensure that the plant has dried out completely before you pack it up. One way to save carrot seeds from drying out is to leave them in a plastic bag and freeze them. Once they are thawed, you can uncover them and place them in the compost pile. This will help your plants to have a longer life span, and you will have a larger crop for next year.
The most important thing you should know about Carrot seeds is how to choose the varieties to grow in your garden. Most varieties are sold by the bag or by seed. You can save seedling of Carrot varieties that are not commonly sold in stores by growing carrots in your garden. By growing a larger variety of carrots, you will find that you have a wider variety for future years.