Growing Guide: Carrots

How to Grow CarrotsIs there a garden vegetable with more classic character than the carrot? Growing carrots (Daucus carota sativus / Apiaceae) is rewarding for many reasons: they’re nutritious, versatile and delicious. Plus, you can grow carrots in an amazing array of colors and types.

Long, short, round, purple, white, orange: Whatever cultivar you’re looking for to feed your inner rabbit, you’re sure to find it if you look long enough.

When to sow indoorsNot recommended
When to sow outdoorsIn the North: in spring, 2 – 3 weeks before last frost

In the South: mid winter to early spring
Seed depth1/4″ – 1/2″
Germination soil temperature70 – 75°F
Germination length6 – 14 days (depending on temp)
When to transplantNot recommended
VarietiesNantes (sweet, crisp, blunt tip)
Imperator (typical market carrot)

Baby/Mini (small & tasty)

Chantenay (good for stony & heavy soils)

Danvers (long but not very sweet)

Paris Market (small & round)
pH range6.0 – 6.5
Soil temperature for growing60° – 70°F
Spacing2″ – 3″
WateringModerate
LightFull sun
Nutrient requirementsN = high

P = low

K = low
Fertilizer scheduleUsually not necessary
When to harvestVaries by type and cultivar

Looking for more information and inspiration?
Check out these tips for growing carrots.

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