Question on saving carrot seeds.
I have a question about carrot seed. It is probably a dumb question. I just can't find my answer online at all. Maybe some one knows.
I planted a lot of carrots last fall. one or two plants went to seed in the spring. Only 1 went to seed this fall. How weird. I ate a lot of the carrots last fall, but many were not big enough to eat, so I left them in the ground.
I don't plan on planting this kind of carrot again (kinda bland in my view), but I was wondering if these seeds are viable. In case someone else might want them.
I know you are supposed to save seeds from at least 6 root type crops for genetic diversity. I also know a higher number like 20-40 plants would be even better.
I read someplace, on-line I think, that some crops will not make viable seeds if only one plant is involved. For the life of me, I can't find the site anyplace.
I cut off those Amarillo yellow carrot seeds today, to give away for SASE if anyone was interested.
I know they will suffer inbreding depression if you continue to save seeds from only a few plants, but are carrot seeds saved from only 1 plant, with no other carrot plant in bloom at the same time even viable?
Does my question make any sense? I talk in circles sometimes.
I would think if they were viable, I could say to only grow these to see if you like the variety or to see if carrots would grow in your area, but not to save seeds from year to year.
Or to be safe, maybe I should toss them out. I hate tossing seeds! I do toss health food store squash seeds now, since they often make weak bush (verses vine) plants that don't perform well here.
I also have some celeriac seeds I should also probably toss for the same reason. I planted a top of a healthfood store celeriac (I ate the root part). It did not grow a root, but did produce a lot of seeds. I saved them thinking one day if I got brave I could try growing celeriac, even though not well suited to my climate.