Carrots are native to the hilly areas of Afghanistan. Carrots appeared in Europe around the 12th century. At this time carrots were grown in various colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple and white. Carrots belong to the umbelliferae family and belong to the same family as parsley, celery, parsnips, and fennel. Carrots are easy to grow from seeds in the garden, in the planting box, or even in the larger pots. As long as the soil is properly treated before planting, carrots can survive in almost any climate.
Choose seed type
Carrot seeds are unprocessed, coated with bentonite, or treated with fungicides. Seeds coated with bentonite can retain moisture better during germination than seeds without coating. If you want to increase the survival rate of the seeds and make the germination process easier, choose coated seeds. Moreover, coated seeds are easier to control, and you can control the planting interval better than using coated seeds for uncoated seeds. Accurate planting at intervals eliminates thinning in the later stage.
Take care of carrots
1. Always keep the soil moist. If you are in a hot climate, water the carrots every day. Just make sure not to wash away the seeds or damage the sprouting seedlings due to excessive water pressure.
2. Put some mulch near the sprouted seedlings. Put a few inches of leaves, bark, or hay around the sprouted seedlings to keep water from losing.
Pull out the grass growing out of the mulch by hand. Do not disturb the roots of carrots by gently plucking them.
Make sure to cover the carrots emerging from the mulch. If the carrot crown is exposed to the air, it will become bitter.
3. Thinning carrots. When the leaves on the top of the carrots reach 5cm, thin the seedlings and pull out the small carrots so that the remaining carrots are separated by 2.5cm.
This reduces crowding so that each carrot and its roots have enough space to grow.
In another two weeks, the leaves on the carrot will grow to a height of more than ten centimeters. Then thin the seedlings again to 8-10cm apart. Make sure to complete this step, otherwise the carrots will not grow straight if they are too crowded, and they may not grow completely.
1. Harvest carrots. The bigger and longer the carrot grows, the sweeter and more juicy it will be. They can be eaten when they are big enough, and it takes about two to three months from sowing to harvest. When the crown slightly emerges from the soil, about 2cm in diameter, the carrots are ripe.
The above information is provided by seeds manufacturer.