Growing Carrot

Daucus carota : Apiaceae / the umbelliferae family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    P P P P P          

(Best months for growing Carrot in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • P = Sow seed
  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 12-18 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Onions, Leeks, Lettuce, Sage, Peas, Radishes, Tomatoes, Beans, Celery, Rosemary
  • Avoid growing close to: Parsnips, Beetroot, Dill, Brassicas, Fennel

Your comments and tips

25 Oct 22, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sun flowers will shade them if planted on the east or west side.
22 Oct 22, Mar (USA - Zone 8a climate)
Can I sow carrot seeds in mid October zone 8a. The fall heat hasn't helped my failed attempts.
18 Nov 22, Ruth A Hersh (USA - Zone 9a climate)
Absolutely, you can! The weather is not the same every year.
25 Oct 22, Anonymous (USA - Zone 8a climate)
It suggests up to Sept. Carrots need to be cover with some hessian or shade cloth/??? and watered a couple of times a day. Prepare your soil well and have it in a fine crumbly level soil,
23 Aug 22, Ally Millington (Australia - temperate climate)
What happens if you grow Carrots next to Cauliflower or Broccoli?
07 Jul 22, CJ (Canada - Zone 5b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
12 Jul 22, Anonymous (Canada - Zone 5b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Is your climate 5b? You can work it out in the BLUE tab at the top of page. Then go to the vegetable you want to grow. The info is there at the top of the page.
08 May 22, Pete (Australia - temperate climate)
My carrots are at about the half way mark. The colour of the carrots is light orange, What can I do to give them a deeper redish colour, or will it come naturally? Cheers Pete
09 May 22, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Q. What causes my carrots to be pale yellow instead of the typical orange color? A. Although there are varietal differences in root color, this problem could be caused by environmental conditions. Carrots maturing under warm temperatures or high moisture conditions lack good root color. These carrots also have poor flavor and texture. Plant carrots so they mature under relatively cool temperatures that average less than 80 degrees F. Avoid excessive soil moisture. From - 6th question down.
14 Apr 22, Dennis (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Good Day. Please advise when is the best month to plant egg plant in KZN Richards Bay.and what fertilizer and nutrients can I feed the plants. Regards Dennis
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You only cover with a board temporarily as to keep the seeds from washing away and from birds eating them. After a week or more, You are to begin checking for sprouts. Within a week to 10 days, if it’s getting hotter in your climate, you elevate the board above the sprouts by placing a rock at each end of the board length and place the board on top of the two rocks. This keeps it a bit shaded since carrots are cool weather. Then as they get larger ferns and safer to expose, you remove the board. I hope that’s helpful.

- Darlene

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