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Growing Carrot

(Daucus carota)

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(Best months for planting Carrot in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

January: water well

September: broadcast sow

  • Easy to grow.
  • Harvest in 65-90 days
  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed.
  • Best planted at soil temperatures between 8°C and 30°C.
  • Space plants: 5-30cm

A root vegetable which grows well in deep cool soil. Hardy. Carrots take about 3 weeks to show themselves and the first leaves look like grass . If broadcast sowing, mix with radish seeds which will germinate quickly and indicate the sown area. In hot dry areas, water well before seeding then cover with boards to maintain the moisture and cool soil for more successful germination. Check every week or so.

Over fertilised ground will produce split roots. Protect against carrot fly. It is best to put carrots in a different area of the garden each year for four or five years.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Carrot

Steamed or raw carrots are tasty. Cook them in a small amount of water until nearly dry then add a pat of butter and teasp of brown sugar to glaze.
They can be added to most casserole-type dishes.
Grate raw carrots and add to salads

Your comments and tips

06 Jul 12 Anthony (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
do i plant individual carrot seeds or can i just sprinkle a few together? will they sort themselves out?
06 Jul 12 (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Anthony, we just sprinkle our carrot seeds then thin them later. Seems to work either way.
16 Feb 13 DonnaMaree (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
My carrots have either been spliting (to the exposed core) or growing fingers (as opposed to a single root). No ‘cosmetic‘ carrots for my garden! Any advise??
28 May 13 pixie gourley (New Zealand - temperate climate)
my carrots have a very strong taste, even when very young not sweet like ones at a market...I have tried different seeds...does anyone have advise.
05 May 14 katarina green (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
hi im new, I have a question. do carrots grow in nz winter?
22 Jul 14 Richard (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Splitting of carrots can be caused by supplying too much water at once after the soil has gone dry. If it drys out, re-wet the bed gradually.
15 Nov 14 Victoria (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
My carrots were planted about 6 weeks ago and have not germinated, are you able to tell me why this is please?
02 Jul 15 Karin (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
An organic tip I've heard, is to soak onion skins in water for 3 weeks, then put them in the soil below the carrot seeds. Separate with a thin layer of soil. It protects against a fungal disease.
11 Aug 16 Wayne Jacobsen (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Carrots. I have recently switched to Egmont Seeds using their seed tapes. Saves a lot of thinning and I got a very good strike. Rake soil so it is loose and reasonably smooth. Lay seed tape on ground and sieve a 3 - 4 mm layer of soil over the top. Takes about 2 to 3 weeks to germinate. Chose ground that has not been fertilised - rich soil will cause splitting.
31 Oct 16 Les (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Just pulled some carots and most are stumpy split and deformed. What causes this?

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