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When to plant Carrots

## When to plant Carrots

Carrots are a popular vegetable and can be grown in many different climates. However, before you plant your carrot seeds, there are several factors to consider. From knowing when it's time to plant your carrots (and where) to understanding how they germinate and grow, this article covers everything you need to know about growing carrots.

Know your variety

Before planting, it's helpful to know what your carrot is. That way you can make sure you're growing the right carrots for your climate and the size of your garden. Carrot varieties come in many different shapes and colours—and some even taste sweeter than others!

The first thing to look for on a seed packet or tag is the variety name. Some common types include:

  • Chantenay: A white carrot that makes thick-rooted bunches with a blunt end (so it won't poke through soil). It's good for growing in cold regions because it stores well and withstands frost better than other varieties; however, its flavour isn't as strong as some other kinds of carrots.

  • Scarlet Nantes: A medium-sized yellow carrot that can vary from purple to orange at maturity depending on how much light it receives during growth (or whether or not there's too much nitrogen in its soil). This variety is great for container gardening since it won't spread out too far from where you've planted them—plus they don't need any special care once planted!

Is it "hardy"? (i.e. can it handle frost?)

Some carrot varieties are hardier than others, meaning they can withstand frost better. The most popular variety that’s considered hardy is called “Danvers Half Long Nantes”. This variety can tolerate temperatures as low as -25°F (-32°C), which is why it's so popular in northern climates.

Other varieties of carrots have different tolerances for cold weather. For example, a red-skinned variety like Scarlet Nantes or Red Cored Chantenay will likely taste better with a light frost on them since they have higher sugar content and therefore tend to be sweeter when harvested under certain conditions (i.e., when exposed to cold). If you garden in an area where cold weather isn't common, then these sorts of carrots may not be ideal for your growing conditions because they won't store well if left in the ground until springtime—and many people prefer eating fresh carrots from their own gardens rather than frozen ones!

The best way to determine whether or not your specific type of carrot will grow well in your area is by looking at its' seed packet label or searching online resources like Garden Watchdog or All Things Plants (which lists some great tips on how long each type takes before being ready for harvest!).

Which zone do you farm in?

The first step to planting carrots is to determine what planting zone you're in. The USDA Planting Zone map is a handy reference for this.

Knowing the date of your last frost will help you figure out when to plant carrots. If you're in an area with a short growing season (such as much of Canada), look for varieties that are bred for spring planting—they'll have been bred to mature before winter hits.

Carrots and frost

Carrots are hardy plants, so if you’re planning to grow them in the fall or winter, there’s nothing stopping you. You'll be able to harvest carrots for weeks. If you'd like to plant your carrots in spring, though, it's best to wait until soil temperature reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit - especially if your area is prone to frost or freezes.

If you're unsure whether your carrot patch will survive a cold snap, consider planting them in containers instead. Container gardens are easy and portable - plus they allow you can move them indoors if necessary!

Will they be germinated indoors?

Germination is the process of a seed sprouting and emerging from the soil. It can be done indoors or out, but germinating seeds indoors will save time. You can use a variety of methods to start your seeds including: planting them in good-quality soil and then transplanting once they are established; planting in pots with grow lights or direct sunlight; or starting them in plug trays.

When to plant outdoors

When the weather is right, you can plant your carrots in the garden. Pull up a few carrots from your last batch of plants and make sure they are healthy before you plant them again. Start planting when the soil temperature is above 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit). If it's been below freezing for more than two days, wait until temperatures rise above 5 degrees Celsius again before you begin to sow seeds.

When daytime temperatures average over 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) and nighttime lows stay above 7 C/44 F, then it's time to start sowing carrot seeds outdoors.

When do you plan to harvest?

For those of you who want to harvest your carrots in the fall, this means that you'll need to plant them in the spring. For those of you who want to harvest them in the spring, this means that you'll need to plant them in the fall. You can also wait until one month before harvesting time and then plant some seeds just for fun!


Good luck with your carrot planting! Remember, you have lots of options when it comes to varieties, harvest time and more. And don’t forget about the fun part: growing them