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Growing carrots quick reference guide



Growing Carrots Guide

The growing carrots quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing carrots. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.

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Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Carrots
Also Known As
Botanical Family - Apiaceae, Genus - Daucus, Species - D. carota
Plant Type Cool season - biennial - root vegetable
Frost Tolerance Semi Hardy
Planting Position Sunny position - Will do alright in partial shade, but you'll have to wait longer for a full crop. They require a minimum of 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Seed Viability 3 years
Germination 10-21 days at 50-80 F (10-27 C)
Growing Temp 55-75 F (13-24 C)
Seed to Transplant Direct sow only
Planting Method Direct sow
When to Plant Spring and again in mid-summer for fall-winter harvest
Time to Plant As early as 1 - 2 weeks before the average date of the last 32 F (0 C) freeze in the spring in your area but not before soil temperatures are consistently above 50 F (10C)
Seed Sowing Direct sowing carrot seeds 1/2 inch (12 mm) deep - 1 inch (25 mm) apart in rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart
Plant Spacing Direct sow seeds only - use thinnings as baby carrots to arrive at final spacing of 3-4 inches (7-10 cm) apart in rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart
Soil Conditions Well drained - Low to moderate organic matter - Low to medium fertility
Fertilizer Low fertilizer needs, 2-3 quarts per 100 sq feet (2.2-3.3 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer icon, same rate for each side dressing.
When to Fertilize In the fall before spring planting or at least 2 weeks before sowing.
Days to Harvest 50-80 days - depending on conditions and variety.
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