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

03 Dec 20, Anonymous (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I suggest you go by the planting guide for your climate zone.
17 Aug 20, Fran (USA - Zone 6b climate)
Will it be too late to sow these in early September?
31 Jul 20, Richard Allan (Australia - temperate climate)
If sowing when it is hot, cover with hession or a couple of layers of old shadecloth. The idea is to keep the soil moist and not let it dry out at all
03 Aug 20, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
A good idea to do this anytime. And to do it when transplanting seedlings especially when the seedlings are bare rooted (no soil around them). I have a 2m x 2m x .4m high frame with 30% shade cloth.
03 Jun 20, Teresa Killeen (Australia - temperate climate)
What kind of ferttiliser do carrots like, if any? Is organic fertiliser okay for them? I sprinkled some around & watered in, but am I damaging the veg doing this?
04 Jun 20, Melinda Schwab (USA - Zone 8a climate)
You need lower Nitrogen to make good root crops so something like this is your go to for carrots, beets, turnips etc. Happy Gardening!
05 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
We don't have fert mixes like that in Aussie generally. In the USA you seem to be able to buy a lot of 5-5-5, 8-8-8, 10-10-10 or similar. In Aussie we have organic of generally about 4-2-2. Synthetics of around 10-15N, 3-5P, 4-8K. Or if you are a farmer a customised mix.
03 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A fertiliser low in N, too much N and you end up growing a lot of leaf. A good idea is to put your fertiliser in the soil a week or so before planting and mix it in/over a few times and watering it each time, this allows the micro- organisms in the soil to convert it into usable nutrient. Check the N P K of the fert. Some organics are real low say 1.8%N, rooster booster is about 4%N. A handful or two of that spread over a square metre. All depends what the soil was like before you started.
24 Mar 20, Sally (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I plant carrots at this time of year I just put some cauliflowers in what’s the best way to protect from pests Thankyou
24 Mar 20, Another gardener (Australia - temperate climate)
Carrots, learn how to use this website please, the info is there. Best protection is to cover them with a fine netting. Check for grubs every day. Read about organic sprays or go and buy chemical sprays.
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Years ago (it seems forever) living/working on the hydro dams along the Waitaki River in the South Is. we grew carrots... hoed between the rows to control weeds, and after the carrots had produced their first 2 feathery leaves it was just a light spray with kerosene... That did the job!

- Graham

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