Growing Carrots in Containers Growing Carrots in Containers
You don't have to give up on growing carrots just because you live in an apartment and don't have enough space, or have a garden with poor soil conditions. You can plant seeds in containers and enjoy a healthy crop of this delicious vegetable. Carrots grow well in containers because they prefer the loose, well draining potting mix and don't have to compete with any weeds. Growing carrots is very easy that requires no gardening expertise.
Step 1 – Select Containers for Planting Carrot Seeds
Carrots are the roots of the plant, so select containers that can accommodate mature carrots along with the surrounding soil. Choose a container that is at least 12 inches deep and about 18 inches wide to accommodate carrots that are 6 to 9 inches long. Select containers that are rectangle, square or round, but make sure they have adequate drainage holes at the bottom. You may need to drill holes if the containers lack them.
Place a large plate or tray under the container to collect muddy water.
Step 2 – Sprinkle Seeds in a Container
Fill each container with good quality soilless potting mix, to an inch below the rim. Avoid using garden soil, since it doesn't drain well in containers.
Place your carrot seeds about an inch apart from one another in the container and press them gently until they're ¼-inch beneath the surface of the mix. This ensures good seed to soil contact. Sprinkle the containers with compost and water well.
Place the containers in a warm sunny spot, either indoors or outdoors.
Step 3 – Water the Seeds
Keep the potting mix moist until the seeds germinate. To achieve this, spread a thin layer of peat moss over the seeds in the container, since it retains moisture. Mist with a spray bottle at least once a day, or more if it is hot.
Keep checking under the moss for signs of germination, which will generally occur between one to two weeks of sowing seeds.
Step 4 – Thin Seedlings
Gently remove the moss as soon as you see seedlings sprout from the top of the soil.
Thin the seedlings when they are 1 to 2 inches tall by snipping them off with scissors at the soil line, until they are spaced about 2 inches apart.
Step 5 – Regular Care of Container Carrots
Water the containers to keep the potting mix evenly moist while your seedlings grow, and make sure they get at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily.
Feed the seedlings a good quality liquid fertilizer every 3 weeks to provide them essential nutrients.
Carrots in containers should not suffer from leaf pests or diseases, but spray with soapy water if you notice any.
Your homegrown container vegetables will be ready to harvest anywhere from 65 to 80 days after planting the seeds.