Nope! They’re actually one of the easiest vegetables to grow because they’re drought resistant. This means that even during the longest of dry spells, they’ll continue to grow as normal, so they don’t need to be watered that often, just weekly.
That being said, you should still endeavor to give them a good soak if it hasn’t rained in a while, as they require water for growth even if they don’t need much of it. Be sure to regularly weed between each of your rows so the plants aren’t crowded.
Plant your carrots in soil with decent drainage in an open space that gets plenty of sun on it. Where your only option is heavy clay, shallow or pebbly soil, you could try short-rooted carrots as this will present forking during growth.
Each seed should be sown approximately half an inch deep, with your rows being between six and twelve inches apart. You can thin out your seedlings in order to maintain a two or three inch gap between every plant if necessary.
You can also avoid common pests like carrot flies - who lay their eggs in your plants, the larvae of which begin feasting on the roots of your plants - by covering your crops with appropriate tunnels or barriers that don’t totally block out the light.
There’s no need to have a garden to plant carrots in, either, as their characteristics are actually very well suited to growing in a container! As long as you meet all of their needs you’ll be enjoying tasty veggies in no time.
Why are my carrots not growing in my garden?
There are several problems that could be causing you carrot problems, either on their own or in combination with others:
1. Heavy/Clay Filled Soil
If your carrots are starting to grow and then dying or deforming before they finish, it could be that your soil is too heavy or the clay content is too high. This causes problems with twisted or stunted roots.
Of course, the roots are the most important part of plant growth, being the source for water and other nutrients - try lightening your soil up with added sand or thoroughly broken compost to aid growth.
As already stated, your carrots need to stay approximately two inches apart in order to prevent overcrowding, so you’ll need to thin out the plants regularly during planting season in order to create the best growth environment.
When there aren’t enough nutrients or certain plants are hogging all of the sunlight and water, you’ll find that the rest of your crops suffer as a result. Be sure to keep this in mind whilst you sow your seeds!
3. Not Enough Water
Although they’re a resilient plant, carrots still need water to grow, otherwise, their roots will stay short and sad, putting unnecessary stress on your crops. Try to water thoroughly at least once a week.
If there’s a lot of sand in your soil, you might want to increase that to twice or even three times a week, as well as during droughts or if the weather is especially hot. Be careful not to over-water, as this will drown your plants.
4. Planting Your Seeds When It’s Too Hot
A common mistake some gardeners make is planting their carrot seeds when the temperature has exceeded between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the ideal guideline for proper germination.
Anything hotter and your poor carrot seeds won’t be able to sprout - plus, the soil will become dry very quickly, which also stunts their growth and prevents proper germination too. Keeping things moist is imperative to your success!
Do carrots need a lot of sun to grow?
Yes indeed - the primary sowing season for carrots is between April and July, though certain early cultivar carrots can be sown as early as February. It should be stated on your seed packet whether you’ve got yourself a maincrop or early seed.
For this reason, you’ll find carrots are considered “full-sun” plants. However, carrots are also a tough, resilient plant, and they can handle being thrown into some partial afternoon shade if your yard or planting plot doesn’t get the sun for the entire day.
As long as you ensure they get at minimum six hours of sunlight, if not more like eight, then you’ll still be able to grow them successfully, but the more sun the better when it comes to carrots… for the most part.
Like all plants, there is a limit, and you’ll notice that the carrot’s top will grow larger whilst the “body” of the plant is short and stubby if the crops are exposed to too much sunlight. You can add shelters for protection, if necessary.
However, sun is not the only factor that affects how well your carrots grow! The amount of water they receive, as well as the condition of the soil and the distance between each plant, will all impact upon the quality of these orange beauties.
How many carrots do you get from one plant?
One! The amount of carrots you grow depends entirely on how many seeds you plant and how successful the season is, as well as meeting the conditions and criteria for optimum plant growth, of course.
Although you buy “bunches” of carrots at the store, these are single carrots that have been placed together. Once you plant a single seed, it will grow into one carrot plant - you cannot replant the top in order to yield more vegetables.
The more seeds you plant, the more carrots you will need to look after, maintain optimum conditions for and protect from ailments or attacks by carrot flies. Therefore, you shouldn’t plant more than you can keep track of!
It is better to have plenty of well grown, delicious carrots, than a handful of poorly grown ones or none at all; especially if you’re a budding gardener and your green thumb is not quite developed, start with a couple at first and then increase next year.