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How to Grow Carrots

by Jan Mh on January 16, 2015

How to Grow Carrots

Carrots had their literal roots in the foothills of Afghanistan. When the carrot appeared in Europe sometime around the 12th century, they were likely grown in vibrant colors like red, yellow, orange, purple, and white. Belonging to the family Umbelliferae, carrots share similarities with parsley, celery, parsnips, and fennel, among others. Carrots are very easy to grow from seeds in your garden, a planter box, or even in a large pot. As long as you appropriately prepare the soil before planting, your carrots will thrive in almost any climate. Follow the steps below to grow beautiful, juicy carrots in no time.[1]

Method 1 of 4: Choosing a Variety

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    Choose a variety with a root size and shape appropriate for your soil. There are five main categories of carrots that contain several subtypes.
    • Chantenay. Chantenay carrots grow five to six inches into the soil and can be grown in most soil types, though they prefer rich, heavy soil conditions.
    • Ball-type. Also known as "Thumbelina," Ball-type carrots are extremely similar to Chantenay, though they do not grow quite as long. [2]
    • Danvers. Danvers carrots are large block-shaped carrots that need heavy, nutrient-rich soil in order to thrive. The soil does not have to be deep, however.
    • Nantes. Originally from France, Nantes carrots are cylindrical carrots with rounded tips that grow between six and nine inches deep. Like Danvers, they thrive in shallow rich soil.
    • Imperator. This variety, commonly found at the grocery store, needs deep, airy soil. Imperator carrots are characterized by their particularly long, spindly roots that hang on to the tip of the carrot. They are very particular about their soil conditions, so make sure your soil is deep, rich, airy, and has good drainage before attempting to plant this variety.
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    Select your seed type. Carrot seeds come either raw, coated with a layer of bentonite clay, or treated with a fungicide. Clay-covered seeds are better at retaining moisture during germination than seeds that do not have an applied coating on them. If you want to get a leg up on the growing game and make the germination process easier, choose coated seeds. Additionally, coated seeds are easier to handle and thus you can control where they are spaced better than non-coated seeds. Accurate spacing eliminates the need to thin plants later in the growing process.[3]

Method 2 of 4: Prepping Your Garden

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    Choose an area with full or partial sun. Though full sun is best, carrots can handle some shade as they are a cool weather crop.
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