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How to Grow the Best Carrots

Written by Naomi Meza


Posted on November 08 2023

Whether you like them raw for their crunchy and slightly sweet taste or well-cooked for the flavour and pop of colour, carrots are a critical part of your meals.

What if you could grab carrots from your backyard or balcony instead of at the grocery store? This could be the case for you if you learn how to grow carrots.

Let's look at the best way to grow carrots and the types of carrots you can experiment with in your carrot planting journey.


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How to Plant Carrots?

Person holding handful of carrots in hand

When planting carrots, you want to use well-drained soil.

Till and amend your soil to about 10 inches of depth.

If the soil has been planted before, use potassium chloride and monopotassium phosphate fertilizers to improve the level of nutrition your carrots get.

Next, plant your carrots about 3 inches apart.


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Where to Plant Carrots?

Carrots in soil

Plant your carrots in an open space and well-drained soil. 

When to Plant Carrots?

Tops of carrots growing in soil

Most early carrot varieties are planted in February.

If you are worried about frost, use cardboard to cover your plants.

For a fall harvest, plant your seeds in mid to late summer.


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Types of Carrots

Bunch of rainbow carrots

If you are a carrot lover but aren't sure what variety to plant in your garden, here are a few varieties in the market and why you should try them.

The Danvers - This variety grows to about seven inches and is the most common carrot variety in the market.

They tolerate shallow soil and spot a deep orange colour, a rounded top and pointed ends.

The Nantes - If you want an easy time peeling your carrots, this French variety is perfect for you.


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They have a distinct cylindrical and refined look that gives way to a sweet taste if you bite them.

This variety can also survive in shallow soil.

The Chantenay - For those of you who like your food in small sizes, this is the perfect variety for you.

The chantenay may give you a bit of a hard time if you do not harvest them on time.

Any delays in harvesting will leave your Chantenay fibrous and hard.

One of the sub-varieties for this type is the red chantenay.

Carrot Care

Homegrown carrots in soil

a) Light

Carrots grow best in full sunlight, so avoid planting your carrots under a tree. If the sunlight dries the soil too fast, replace the water by regularly watering.

b) Soil

The soil you choose to plant your carrots should be well drained so no water stagnates and pools around the plant.

Also, remove obstructions in the soil, like large rocks and other objects, as it may make your carrots grow in irregular shapes.


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c) Water

Ensure your carrots are watered often so the soil does not dry and stunt your carrot's growth.

If you plant your carrots outside, don't forget to weed them so they do not fight for water and nutrients, resulting in stunted growth.

d) Temperature and Humidity

Carrot seeds do best at about 65°F for three weeks.

You may need to reduce temperatures above 80°F because it may stop your seeds from germinating.

e) Fertilizer

Our Potassium Chloride 0-0-62 and Monopotassium Phosphate 0-52-34 are higher in potassium and phosphorus that can give your carrot crops and root vegetables the nutrients they need to grow in large amounts and sizes.

These fertilizers are the best quality in the market and are great at promoting healthy growth.

Browse our product list for your garden and discover how to properly care for your plants to guarantee a bumper harvest.



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