|Daucus carota ssp. sativus
|Days to maturity:
SowingSow when the ground frost is over and heat has begun to penetrate the soil (the warmer soil, the faster germination, at least 7°C) or sow very late in autumn! The seeds then germinate next spring. The seeds, which germinate slowly, can be pre-germinated by putting them in tepid water for 24 hours before sowing. Dry them off and sow! Watering the row before sowing is another way of facilitating germination.
Sow 1 cm deep and not too densely or the thinning becomes difficult. Do not allow a crust to form, or it will be difficult for the seedlings to penetrate the surface. Water!
For a late harvest and carrots to store, they can be sown in June.
SpacingThe early carrots need 1-3 cm of mutual space. Keep 35-50 cm between the rows and in beds 15-25 cm between the rows is sufficient.
HarvestThe first harvest can be done by thinning out! The small roots are delicious.
Harvest the carrots as soon as they have developed a clear orange colour! Then they are tasty too. Early sorts are juicy and should not remain ready for harvest for longer than 3 weeks. They crack easily, especially if there is a surplus of nutrients and water in the plot. Sow fast-growing sorts successively instead!
They can also be stored, but they need to be sown and harvested late. Leave a few cm of the tops at harvest and handle the roots carefully! Jolts diminish the keeping qualities of carrots considerably. Store them in sand, dry leaves, peat or saw-dust in a cellar. If the storage space is excellent they keep in sacks or boxes. Carrots winter the best at a temperature of 0-1°C and high humidity.