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Grow & Care - Carrots





Fast Facts




Light Requirements Full Sun
Temperature Adaptations Semi-Hardy Plant between Mar 20 and June 15
Acidity (pH) Tolerance 6.8 to 5.5 pH -(Moderately tolerant of alkaline soils)
Salinity (Ec) Tolerance 1.0 (sensitive) yields will be reduced at higher salt levels
How Pollinated Insects
Growth Habits Biennials grown as annuals


Additional Information



Fertilizer Requirements

Use 1 to 2 pounds all purpose fertilizer (20-20-20) per 100 square feet of garden area. Carrots usually require no side dressing of fertilizer later in the season. If replanting in midsummer, apply an all-purpose fertilizer to the soil.

Water Utilization

As newly planted carrots establish themselves in the soil, it is important to keep the soil moist, but not water-logged. Established carrots need water when the top 2" of soil is dry.

Plant Development and Care

Harsh flavor comes from terpenoids and sweet flavor comes from sugar. A balance of the two makes great tasting carrots.

Germination Time (Days)

At 41F, 51 days
At 50F, 17 days
At 59F, 10 days
At 68F or higher, 6 to 9 days

Seed Germination and Temperature Range

Grows best at soil temperatures between 60 and 70F. Lower temperatures increase root length with less enlargement. Higher temperatures decrease length and carrots can become stubbier

Common Fertilizer Deficiencies

Excess nitrogen causes excessive top growth and root forking





Carrots

Tips

Carrots do not thrive in very heavy soils.

 

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