A vegetable garden is incomplete without root vegetables. One of the easiest root vegetables to grow is carrot.
This red, sometimes orange, yellow and purple as well and crunchy, juicy vegetable has so many benefits.
Experts say that the carrot is the vegetable that can help you in your sight problems. Here you will get some more information.
If you want to become a smart gardener and you haven’t planned to grow carrots in your garden yet then sorry.
I am not ordering you to grow carrots. I am just advising you to make a plan for the future.
you will get each and every information you need in order to grow carrots successfully.
meanwhile and also mention some best varieties to grow and some problems occur while growing carrots.
Are Carrots Hard To Grow?
Not really! Carrots are the easiest root vegetables to grow. They are beginner-friendly. Carrots, itself, are not hard to grow.
But, there are certain factors to be followed to get successfully homegrown carrots.
Don’t worry, I am going to write every factor that needs to be followed.
When To Plant Carrots?
The first thing which you need to know is which is the best season for growing carrots.
There are two climates in which carrot crops grow the best.
So the best time for planting carrots is from spring to early summer and from fall to early winter.
What Temperature Do Carrots Need?
Carrots like to grow in cold temperatures. 55 degrees Fahrenheit at nighttime and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the day is the ideal temperature for carrots.
Months To Grow Carrots:
There is no specific month to plant carrots because temperature and climate vary area wise.
Just remember the temperature requirement for carrots and when the climate of your area begins to change start growing them.
How Late Can You Plant Carrots?
This is a very common question gardeners ask. The simple and short answer is when the temperature in your area starts to increase, understand that it is too late.
In other cases, if your area remains cold throughout the year then you will never be late.
Is It Too Late To Plant Carrots?
No, in my opinion, it’s the ideal time to plant carrots. But beware of the Frost dates.
Where Do Carrots Grow?
As written before, the carrots grow the best in areas where the temperature reaches about 55 Fahrenheit to 75 Fahrenheit and stays the same for 2 to 4 months.
Can You Grow Carrots Indoors?
Yeah, it is possible to grow carrot indoor but you have to take care of some things. First, you have to provide them with light.
For the light, there are two options.
- Using sunlight.
- Using artificial lights.
Can You Start Carrots Indoors?
If you talk about starting carrots indoors, I’ll say give it a try. But you have to be extremely careful when you transplant them.
When their 3rd and 4th leaves start to show, it will be the time to transplant them.
Meanwhile, you must not disturb the roots. If you do so, there will be a high chance that your plants will die.
Best Soil To Grow Carrots:
Let’s talk about the soil you need for growing carrots.
First of all, you don’t need rocks or any hard material in your soil. If there is any, remove them.
Second of all, carrots love the soil that has a pH level around 7. (neutral)
Thirdly, avoid using nitrogen-rich fertilizers. instead, work in coffee grounds.
Lastly, never use soil like clay to grow carrots. Carrots prefer sandy and loamy soils.
Note: Prepare the soil while bearing these rules in mind.
Best Carrots To Grow:
Carrots have a countless number of varieties. Some varieties like Napoli are ready to harvest in just 58 days.
Meanwhile, some varieties are small and some are long.
Some varieties come in different colours including purple, black, red, yellow, white and orange.
I am listing some varieties but I can’t tell you which one is the best carrot variety for you to grow.
You need to research by yourself.
- Black Knight
- Pusa Asita Black
- Spanish Black
- Purple Haze
- Cosmic Purple
- Purple Dragon
- Atomic Red
- Red Samurai
- Sunrise Red
- Kyoto Red
Early or Fast/Quick Growing Carrots:
Note: These are some varieties of the carrots you can grow if you find a perfect match.
Of course, there are many other varieties that I didn’t mention here but you can search for them.
How To Grow Carrots:
Now here comes the most legendary part you were waiting for. It is how to grow carrots.
Carrots grow from transplants and seeds.
Carrot seeds are so tiny.
First of all, You will need soft loose soil for growing carrots successfully.
Make sure you have an ideal temperature for planting carrots.
Moist the soil and then spread the seeds. Spreading one by one is recommended. Although it is time-consuming, you won’t need to thin the seedlings later.
Cover the seed with a lightweight soil which must be soft for about ¼ inches. Don’t make a layer of more than half an inch.
Water Your soil with the help of a shower. Just make sure you do not disturb the seeds.
Carrot Germination Time:
Now it is important for you to know how long carrot seeds take to germinate.
The simple answer is it depends. Sometimes, it takes 6 days and sometimes it takes over three weeks.
Carrot Sun Requirements:
Do carrot plants need full sun? Yes, it is recommended but it can also grow in partial shade.
How Much Space Do Carrots Need To Grow?
Before understanding how much space carrots need, you need to understand how far apart you should plant carrots.
Plant carrots 2-3 inches apart from each other.
Make rows in your garden or in your beds that are 6 to 8 inches apart from each other.
Carrot Planting Depth:
You can sow carrot seeds for about ¼ to ½ inches deep in the soil if the soil is lightweight and soft.
If it is heavy soil, never sow more than half an inch deep.
What Nutrients Do Carrots Need To Grow?
Just add compost and mulch in your carrot plants.
How Much Water Do Carrots Need?
Carrots don’t need too much water or they become rot quickly.
Carrots like moist soil.
When to Harvest Carrots:
Carrots, mostly ready to harvest in 50- 80 days meanwhile some can be harvested in 30 days. Based on their variety.
The sign that the carrot is ready is when you see the carrot head popping out of the soil.
Life Cycle of Carrots:
Some people ask how carrots grow. So here I am mentioning the life cycle of carrots.
At first, when you plant the seed, the roots come out of the seed. After that, the seed split opens and the green part of the plant comes out of the soil which we call germination.
Then plants focus more on developing the green part and roots. ( not carrots)
When the plant becomes strong, it starts to develop the carrot and after some time you harvest them
So this was the life cycle of carrots for those people who wanted to know how carrots grow.
I hope that this article helped you. Tell me if you need any assistance.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.