How to grow: Carrots
Pest management: Carrot cultural tips, pests, and diseases
When to plant: Best seeded under cool and moist conditions in the spring.
Harvest window: Harvest when good sized but still tender. Can be stored in the ground during the cool season for harvesting as needed. If left in the ground too long, they may get woody or bolt (send up a flower stalk).
Care overview: Prepare soil so it is fine and lump-free to prevent misshapen roots. Seeding directly in the ground is best because transplanting also tends to produce misshapen roots. Cover seeds lightly and keep moist. Thin to 1-2 inches apart.
Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*
For our typical heavy clay soils, short or round varieties such as those listed below are best.
|Chantenay||Short and wide, sharply tapering|
|Danvers||Thick, tapering, 6–7" long|
|Nantes||Blunt, cylindrical, 6–7" long. There are multiple Nantes-type carrots.|
* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.