Is 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 indoors||Not recommended|
|When to sow outdoors||In the North: in spring, 2 – 3 weeks before last frost
In the South: mid winter to early spring
|Seed depth||1/4″ – 1/2″|
|Germination soil temperature||70 – 75°F|
|Germination length||6 – 14 days (depending on temp)|
|When to transplant||Not recommended|
|Varieties||Nantes (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 range||6.0 – 6.5|
|Soil temperature for growing||60° – 70°F|
|Spacing||2″ – 3″|
|Nutrient requirements||N = high
P = low
K = low
|Fertilizer schedule||Usually not necessary|
|When to harvest||Varies by type and cultivar|
Looking for more information and inspiration?
Check out these tips for growing carrots.
Image thanks to vancity197!