Carrot Growing Guide

Daucus carota subsp. sativus


Crop Rotation Group

Umbelliferae (Carrot and root family) 


Light, deep, well-drained soil which has not had compost or manure added recently (to avoid forked roots forming.)


Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant

Light frost tolerant.


Not required.


Single Plants: 10cm (3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 15cm (5") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow direct into soil under cloches from late winter or without protection from mid spring.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Slugs love young carrot seedlings so protect early started plants. Thin out when the seedlings are large enough to handle if they are too close (best done in damp evenings to prevent carrot fly). Cover with mesh or fleece to deter carrot fly. Weed carefully during early stages.


Can be harvested over a long period, although if left in ground over winter they may split attracting slugs.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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