Carrots flower in their second year and so the method for seed saving detailed on the Real Seed website was to leave two or three carrots in the bed, as these would die back over winter, then grow back this spring, would eventually flower, producing seed which could then be collected.
7th February 2014
As it turned out I didn’t really get many carrots up and so was reluctant to leave a couple in the beds but a friend of mine told me that during food preparation of my freshly harvested carrots, when I topped them I should leave about an inch of carrot still attached to the foliage and then immediately replant these. So I did, and sure enough the carrots died right back over the winter, to the point that I thought they had failed.
8th April 2014
Then early this year I realised that there appeared to be some carrot growth where I had planted the tops and over the last few months I have watched these little plants slowly but steadily put on growth and so it is now a waiting game which will, with a little luck, result in home grown carrot seed for next years crops ….. fingers crossed.
23rd April 2014
11th May 2014
It’s amazing the speed at which plants can grow given a good mix of sunshine, warm temperatures and rain.
18th May 2014
The flower heads are starting to form:
23 May 2014
6th June 2014
18th June 2014
I have had a long wait for the flowers to finish flowering and the seed to form and start to dry out but the seed heads have now been harvested and more information on the seed collection can be found here.