How to Grow Carrots Step by Step

Carrots are easy to plant, cultivate, and harvest. You will need rich loose soil, free of clumps and stones, and a soil temperature anywhere between 45° and 85°F. All about How to Grow Carrots in this article.

How Long Does Carrots Take to Grow

Depending on the size, the harvest is for short and finger-size carrots in 50-60 days to 4 months for a larger size. Sandy soil during winter (can tolerate frosting conditions) will allow the growth during spring and fall.

Steps for Plant and Care Carrots

Step 1:

Proper soil preparation is extremely important for growing.

Dig about 12″ (30 cm) and make sure there are no rocks or elements preventing the carrots from growing.

Preferably do not add fertilizers such as manure or nitrogen-based.

Step 2:

How to sow: Sow ¼” (6 mm) deep, 2-3″ (5-7 cm) apart in rows separated for 1 foot apart (30 cm).

Step 3:

Keep the soil moist and lay loose soil on the seeds, easy to move through the seeds as they germinate.


The seedling will appear in 2 to 3 weeks. After 5 to 6 weeks after planting, you can fertilize.

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Harvest and Storage Carrots

Carrots take between 3 and 4 months to fully develop, we can check their growth by looking at the base of the plants. For its harvest, we must pull the leaves without separating them from the root.

To store them we must cut the leaves and store them in the refrigerator.

How to Grow Carrots: Tips

Maintain moisture in the soil, avoid excess water.

Weeding to avoid pests and diseases.

Remove old, yellow leaves from plants.

Loosen the soil a little if a scab forms, be careful not to injure the plants.

Carrot cultivation can be combined with lettuce, cabbage, peas, onion, leek, and tomato.

Avoid sowing carrots where there were plants of the Apiaceae family (dill, celery, coriander, fennel, parsley, etc.), thus avoiding pests and diseases.

About Henry Morgan

We are the Morgans, Henry, and Julia, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website.

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