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Learn how to care for carrots along with its history and classification details.

Hardiness Zone: 3-10
Soil Type: Neutral
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Annual or Perennial: Biennial
Type: Vegetable

History: The best estimate is that carrots originated as a root crop in Central Asia — Afghanistan, Iran, and Uzbekistan — about 1,100 years ago, although there is some evidence for carrots in the Roman Empire several hundred years earlier.

The carrot symbolizes prosperity, abundance, as well as fertility.

How to Care for Carrots

Common questions and details on how to care for carrots.

How do I plant carrots?

Sow carrot seeds directly in the garden rather than transplanting. Carrots do not like to have their roots disturbed. Sow 1/4 inch deep, 2 to 3 inches apart in rows 1 foot apart. Try to distribute seed in an even fashion so that seeds don’t grow together

When is the best time to plant?

It is best to plant carrots two to three weeks before the last frost.

How do I propagate carrots?

Carrots can either be propagated by seeds or by carrot tops. Usually the first method is preferred, but the latter is also used moderately. For this method, the carrot tops need to be cut off along with the green leaves on the top.

Can I grow carrots in a pot?

Yes, you can grow carrots in a pot.

How much should I water carrots?

Carrots like moist, frequent shallow waterings.

How do I care for carrots with fertilizer?

Carrots prefer to be fertilized infrequently.

When do carrots bloom?

Carrots will bloom in 12-18 weeks.

How do I know when carrots are ripe?

The tops of the carrot roots will be about 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter and likely starting to pop out of the soil, though not necessarily. They will also be vibrant in color.

When do I harvest carrots?

Harvest carrots about 60-80 days after sowing seeds.

What is the best way to store carrots?

Wrap the carrots in a paper towel and store in an airtight container. Keep carrots in the coolest part of your fridge, and away from fruits that product ethylene gas, such as apples, to prevent spoiling.

Is a carrot a fruit or a vegetable?

Carrots are a vegetable.

Should I plant any companion plants?

Carrots grow well with lettuce, chives, onions, peas, radishes, cabbage, leeks and herb such as sage and rosemary.

What are the health benefits of the carrots?

The fiber in carrots can help keep blood sugar levels under control. They’re loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, which there’s evidence to suggest can lower your diabetes risk. They can strengthen your bones. Carrots have calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health.

Carrot Cake Pancakes

These pancakes are moist, spiced, with maple Greek yogurt on top!

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