How to Save Carrot (Daucus carota) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2702
Family: Apiaceae
Binomial name: Daucus carota

Flower Type Perfect, self-fertile
Pollination Insect pollinated
Isolation Distance 500m
Other Isolation Methods Grow one variety for seed saving; harvest other varieties before they flower.
Population Required for Viable Seeds 5
Population Required to Maintain Variety 20-50
When to Harvest In the second year when seed heads (umbels) dry and turn brown. Mature seeds are tan-brown.
How to Harvest

Cut stems below individual umbels and spread on a wire screen to dry for a further 5-14 days. Rub the umbels between hands or against a fine screen to release the seeds.

How to Clean

Screen or winnow to remove remaining stalks and chaff.

Image of Seeds Carrot (Daucus carota)

May cross-pollinate with true Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota). Isolation may not be required as few carrot plants in home gardens are left to go to seed.

What is Seed Saving?

Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use. 

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