Carrot Germination Information

Carrot Seed Germination How to Sow Carrot:

  • Best sown outdoors in situ as soon as the soil can be worked in early spring
  • Sow seeds in succession every 3 weeks until early summer
  • In warm climates, seeds can also be fall sown for a fall harvest
  • Sow 1/4 inch deep
  • Seeds can also be sown indoors at a temperature of 70-75° and at the same depth as above
  • Indoors and out, seeds can be slow to germinate, from 14-21 days
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Carrot:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space or thin to 2-4 inches apart in rows 12 inches apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in full sun in a rich, loose, deeply worked, sandy soil with excellent drainage. Fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer prior to sowing and again when 6-8 inches tall

Additional Care: To prevent the tops of the roots from turning green, slightly mound soil over them, but be sure to avoid covering the crown. The plants are very frost tolerant and the roots tastier when grown as a cool season crop

Appearance and Use:

A biennial (Zones 3-8) grown in culinary gardens as an annual. It grows 20 inches tall with umbels of tiny white flowers (like Queen Anne’s Lace). The orange or yellow, cylindrical or rounded roots are eaten fresh, canned, or frozen. Harvest the carrots when the shoulders push up through the soil; size will vary depending on cultivar. The bright green, ferny foliage is good food for rabbits and guinea pigs


About Carrot:
Botanical name: Daucus carota var. sativus
Pronunciation:  dä’cus ka-ro’tå sa-te’vus
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Apiaceae; native to the Mediterranean