Daucus carota (Wild Carrot) seeds
British native biennial wildflower and the wild parent of cultivated carrots. A tall wildflower, growing up to 90cm, it has feathery foliage and showy, flat-topped umbels of white, off white or sometimes pink tinged flowers. Lovely in a cottage garden, wildflower patch or meadow and perfect at the back of borders. Loved by pollinating insects and very attractive as a cutflower. Easy to grow and will self seed.
Flowers: June to September
Height: 90cm, Spread: 40cm
Packet of 100 seeds
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These seeds have a dormancy which needs to be broken by a cold period before they will germinate properly.
Sow in autumn to early winter. Sow in pots or trays on the surface of moist compost then just cover with a fine sprinkling of compost.
Maintain in a coldframe, unheated greenhouse or in a sheltered spot outdoors – cover the tray with a transparent lid to keep the critters out.
Sow directly into their flowering position. Clear all weeds, rake the soil finely, scatter seeds the lightly press them into the soil. Water with a fine spray.
To prolong flowering and prevent self seeding, remove the spent flowers just as the petals start to fall. Otherwise, when flowering has finished in autumn, remove the dead plants, shake well to scatter the seed and rake the area lightly. New plants will grow the following spring.