Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Selecting Carrots For Seed Saving

So the seed saving bug was strong on Sunday after the swap!
Pulled up all my Heritage Seed Library carrots, Red Elephant, today for selection. Some are real beauties!
I laid out the 70 or so carrots and then selected the best 32 of the roots for growing on for seed. I could get away with about 20 but more gives them a bigger genetic pool and prevents inbreeding depression. I would have liked to have selected from a bigger group as well but we've eaten quite a few! 
These will get planted in a bed in the spring, quite close together, to flower and pollinate each other.
This will hopefully give me plenty of seed for next year's swap and to send back to the heritage seed library, as well as leaving me enough to feed our family next year. Believe me when i say we eat a lot of carrots!

Anyone else saving carrot seed this year?

11 comments:

  1. I've never saved carrot seed. I shall follow this with interest.
    Gill

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    1. I'm looking forward to them flowering!

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  2. I've never saved carrot seed, but I have left carrots to flower, and the pollinators adored them!

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    1. I love a garden full of flowers (but only food related ones!)

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  3. It's our favourite and most versatile vegetable too

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    1. I'm surprised my kids haven't turned orange to be honest!

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  4. Ok, I have wondered how one decides which plants to save seeds from when we're talking root crops. It never occurred to me to just dig them up and check. *smacks forehead with palm*.

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    1. Selection is key to make sure you're breeding ones that will stay true to type. I did it with parsnips a few years ago and it was great fun. A long time to get seed but they tend to look after themselves so not much effort.

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  5. Nice Post. I've never saved carrot seed.

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