Grow Guide - Carrots

How To Start: Carrot seeds can be sown from early spring right through to late August and can be harvested almost all year round. Before sowing, weed the seedbed well and break up any larger lumps of soil, digging to a fine tilth. Water the ground before marking out rows 30cm (12in) apart and 0.5-1cm deep. Carrots need to be sown shallowly. 

Temperature:  Min to max temp, 6-35℃

Light: Carrots require six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. Providing afternoon shade or planting in filtered light can give carrots the amount of light they need while keeping soil temperatures lower during the hottest part of the day

If planting indoors, use our Pianta grow light for 10 to 12 hours per day.

Watering & Care: Do not overwater carrots, only water when the soil is dry. Water minimally but consistently - too much fluctuation in moisture can lead to split roots. Depending upon the variety and growing conditions, you should be able to harvest most carrots between 12 and 16 weeks after sowing.

Fertiliser: Carrots should be fertilized when the tops have reached 3 inches tall. Choose a fertilizer that has little nitrogen and more potassium and phosphate - 0-10-10 or 5-15-15 will work well.

Pests: Most common pest is ‘Carrot fly’, prevent this by not thinning seedlings and ‘companion’ plant onions and garlic to disguise the carrot scent.

Carrot rust - Carrot rust flies cause carrot rust, as they lay eggs in the surrounding soil where the top of carrot plants is. The eggs become larvae, which will burrow into the soil and affect carrot roots by eating through carrots. 

Height: Carrots are typically ready to harvest 40 to 55 days after sowing seed. If harvesting the greens, they are ready to harvest when they reach four to six inches in height. This will vary greatly depending on the variety you’re sowing.

Time Of Growth: 40-50 days after sowing seed.

How To Use: Can be eaten raw or cooked, use the leafy greens to make pesto or garnish salads.

Is It Toxic To Pets? Not toxic

Nutritional Values:

for 100 g of product

Potassium: - 352 mg

Phosphorus: - 38.5 mg

Calcium: - 36 mg

Sodium: - 76 mg