Thursday, April 14, 2016

Problems with Planting Carrots

Planting carrot seed over and over again? 
... only a few grow?

Carrot seeds are small and slow to germinate; the seedlings are fragile, consequently problems can arise. 
  • First, check the package to see if the seeds are outdated.
  • When heavy rains occur, the seeds can easily wash away. Placing some type of cover over the seed bed, at least until the seeds have emerged, will help.  
  •  Soil preparation is important; few seedlings will be able to emerge through a crusty soil. 
  • Here are some simple directions for planting:  1) plant carrot seeds 1/4 inch deep in heavy soils and 1/2 inch deep in light soils. 2) Thin out dense seedlings carefully in order to give roots enough room to expand normally. 3) Space plants 2 to 4 inches apart. 
  •  Carrots are considered a cool season vegetable crop.  Consequently, the best production will be during the cooler months of the year.  Seeds should be planted from September to April if in the tropics.  Ideal temperatures for growing carrots are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  Temperatures above 75 are more likely to produce poor quality carrots. In Hawaii, the following varieties do well: Nantes, Chantenay, and Denvers Half-Long. 
  • Another problem may occur which would produce a lush top with little or no carrot: over fertilization