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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Carrots are a favored vegetable that is particularly sweet when home-grown. In Southern California, they tend to do best during the cool, mild weather of early spring and fall.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones : 10a, 10b
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Plant Care Instruction

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    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.
    2. Fertilize

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.
    3. Water

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.
    5. Special requirements

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.
    February
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.
    2. Fertilize

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.
    3. Water

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.
    5. Special requirements

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.
    March
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.
    2. Fertilize

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.
    3. Water

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check carrots for aphids.
    5. Transplant

    Remove aphids from carrot foliage by spraying the pests off with water. Repeat as necessary.
    6. Harvest

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.
    7. Special requirements

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.
    April
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.
    2. Fertilize

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.
    3. Water

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check carrots for aphids.
    5. Transplant

    Remove aphids from carrot foliage by spraying the pests off with water. Repeat as necessary.
    6. Harvest

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.
    7. Special requirements

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.
    September
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.
    2. Water

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.
    3. Special requirements

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.
    October
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.
    2. Fertilize

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.
    3. Water

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check carrots for aphids.
    5. Transplant

    Remove aphids from carrot foliage by spraying the pests off with water. Repeat as necessary.
    6. Harvest

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.
    7. Special requirements

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.
    November
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.
    2. Fertilize

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.
    3. Water

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.
    5. Special requirements

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.
    December
    1. Sow Seeds

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.
    2. Fertilize

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.
    3. Water

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspaper until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.
    5. Special requirements

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.
  • Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    January

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.

    February

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.

    March

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.

    April

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.

    September

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.

    October

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.

    November

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.

    December

    Sow seed in the garden, a raised bed or container in light-textured soil that is easy to penetrate with a garden trowel. Amend ground soil with homemade or bagged compost and remove any clods. Sprinkle the tiny carrot seed over the surface of the soil and then cover with 1/8-inch of a light seed starting mix.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    January

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.

    February

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.

    March

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.

    April

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.

    September

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant has reached 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.

    October

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.

    November

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.

    December

    Avoid overfeeding carrots with nitrogen, as too much of this nutrient causes abundant top growth and forking of roots. Once the plant reaches 1-inch tall, feed once a month with an organic fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes root growth.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.

    February

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.

    March

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.

    April

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.

    September

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.

    October

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.

    November

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspapers until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.

    December

    Keep carrot soil evenly moist at all times. Carrot seeds quickly die if allowed to dry out, and carrots will become tough and crack when exposed to drought. Protect sprouting seeds from drying out, which can occur quickly during Santa Ana winds, by covering with wet burlap or newspaper until the seeds sprout. Mist the carrot tops of carrot plants during windy conditions.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    March

    Check carrots for aphids.

    April

    Check carrots for aphids.

    October

    Check carrots for aphids.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    March

    Remove aphids from carrot foliage by spraying the pests off with water. Repeat as necessary.

    April

    Remove aphids from carrot foliage by spraying the pests off with water. Repeat as necessary.

    October

    Remove aphids from carrot foliage by spraying the pests off with water. Repeat as necessary.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    January

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.

    February

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.

    March

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.

    April

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.

    October

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.

    November

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.

    December

    Harvest initially by thinning carrots to 2 inches apart. Eat the entire baby carrot, foliage and all. Thereafter, you can begin harvesting carrots when they reach finger size. The smaller the carrot, the more tender it will be.

    Special requirements

    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

    January

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.

    February

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.

    March

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.

    April

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.

    September

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.

    October

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.

    November

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.

    December

    Carrots must be planted by seed. They require a light soil that drains well. If carrots run into any obstructions when growing, they will become distorted and stunted. If your soil is not light, plant baby carrots, or use containers or raised beds.

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