Phil & Jane Hunt - GVGO
Sep 13, 2017

Carrot info


How long does it take for the seeds to be ready once you see the carrot starting to flower? I have one that has it's 1st flower up now & was wondering how long I needed to keep it going before the seeds are ready to harvest. Do I have enough time before the frost/below freezing temps arrive?


Does anyone know which Ontario weigh offs have a heavy carrot as a category all on it's own? It would be nice to know, as it is the GVGO featured other vegetable & it would help our growers know which weigh offs to take their carrots to. I'm sure there will be quite a few carrots out there. Hopefully someone can break the Canadian record, if not the WR. Good luck to my fellow carrot growers.


Thanks in advance.

Phil & Jane

Pumpkin Shepherd
Sep 13, 2017

Erin Fall Fair Weigh Off just added it after their meeting last night. 1st $100, 2nd $50, 3rd $25

For the most up to date info go here

Phil & Jane Hunt - GVGO
Sep 14, 2017

Thanks John

Chris L
Sep 14, 2017

The Wellington weigh-off will also have a heavy carrot class this year.

Sep 15, 2017

Wallaceburg Kinsmen weigh off does: 1st - $300 2nd - $100 3rd - $50


I know everybody thinks we are too far but for most of you we are about the same as going to Port Elgin

Phil & Jane Hunt - GVGO
Sep 15, 2017

Thanks guys. I think Woodbridge is also having one.

Good luck all.

Phil & Jane Hunt - GVGO
Sep 15, 2017

Now back to my 1st question. How long does it take for a carrot to produce viable seeds, once the flowers 1st start to appear? We have 3 carrots going to flower & would like to see if we can get some fresh seeds for the GVGO seed pack.

Sep 15, 2017Edited: Sep 15, 2017

They say that carrot seed gathered in its first year is no good. I don't think you will have enough time either. Carrot seed is usually harvested in the second year where it takes a few months to form (usually finished around August), but they are a bummer to save that long without rotting away. If you have any other carrots (wild or cultivated) in the area that are also flowering, your seed will probably not all be what you were aiming for.

Phil & Jane Hunt - GVGO
Sep 15, 2017

Thanks Brad. That will save me from saving any carrots until they go to seed.

Sep 16, 2017

I kept mine too that was going to seed to see what happens. I was hoping for seed too. oh well.

Sep 17, 2017

I think you pretty much have to dig a carrot up and over winter it and then plant it again in the spring to get seeds.

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