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When and How to Plant Carrots

Your Own Carrot Seed?
Ever wondered why you never see carrot seed on carrots? The reason is that carrots are biennials which means they grow one year and then produce seeds the next year. Unfortunately for carrots, we eat them in year one and they never get a chance to produce seed!

If you want carrot seed you need to over-winter the carrot and collect the seeds the next year. The seeds will then form around mid June in year two. Collect the seeds when they are fat but dry and before they fall to the ground. Don't bother collecting seed from F1 carrots, they will not come true to type.

When To Plant Carrots
Carrots are best sown over a long period to ensure that they are ready for eating from early June to October (longer if stored correctly). The table below shows when to sow carrots (early and maincrop varieties) and when the will be ready for harvest. Note that (as with all GardenAction pages) if you have set your weather settings (see main menu at top), the months below will be automatically adjusted for your area - if not, the months shown below will be average dates.


Mid February Cloche protection Earlies Early June

March Cloche protection Earlies June to July

April None Early and maincrop Earlies - Mid July to August
Maincrop - August

mid May None Maincrop August

June None Maincrop September

July None Maincrop October

Name: kenneth hawksworth
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Date posted: October 02, 2011 - 03:34 pm
Message: dear sir can i sow carrat seeds and cabbage in october.

Name: Boyd Holmes
Date posted: November 26, 2010 - 08:49 am
Message: My carrots never seem to grow very large. They always seem to thin and twirley in shape is this because they have too much water ?

Name: steven hutton
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Date posted: September 14, 2010 - 07:55 am
Message: i have been attempting to sow carrot seeds for the past three years and nothing comes up. I am using a well raked and dug up soil topped off with top soil