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Daucus carota var. sativus


Sow seed ¼-½" deep. Seed takes 14-21 days to germinate. Planting a few radish seeds helps to loosen the soil and mark the rows for these slow emerging seeds. Thin plants to at least 1" apart in rows spaced 18-24" apart. Sow as soon as ground can be worked. Even moisture and soil temperature, 18-24°C (65-75°F) is essential for good germination.


Carrots are best grown in full sun but will tolerate light shading. Choose deeply-worked, stone free soil with a pH of 6.5. Chantenay types are suitable for shallow or heavy soils. Raised beds or rows are recommended. Carrots are light to moderate feeders. Avoid using fresh animal and green manures at the time of planting. Moisture is required for good root formation.

Pests & Diseases:

Root maggots and Rust Flies can be deterred by using row covers. Leaf spot and blight diseases (Cercospera and Altenaria) can be controlled using a sulphur or copper fungicide. Aster Yellows is a disease spread by leaf hoppers. Control these insects by spraying in the evening with insecticide or a pyrethrum product.


Bean, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chive, leaf lettuce, leek, onion, pea, pepper, radish, tomato.

Sowing Rate:

Approx. 23,000/25g will seed a 100-150' row, 1kg of seed/acre.