How To Grow Carrot Seeds:
Introduction and Uses: Carrots are one of the most widely grown vegetables globally; because they are relatively easy to grow and are extremely versatile in many dishes and cuisines. The health benefits of this superb veggie include lowering cholesterol levels, prevention of cardiac attacks, improved vision, lessen signs of premature ageing. They also increase the skin’s health, boost immunity, improve digestion, detoxify the body, stimulate oral health and provide a wholesome influx of vitamins and minerals.
Sowing Season: Monsoon & best grown in winter.
Sowing method: Sow the seeds directly on raised beds or in containers.
Sowing container: Choose a container with a minimum depth of 12-14 inches & bigger spread area (according to available space & your requirement) like the deep rectangular containers.
Sowing medium: 2 part garden soil & 1 part any organic manure or 1 part garden soil, 1 part coco peat & 1 part Vermicompost.
STEPS FOR SEED SOWING (SEED STARTING) IN A CONTAINER:
Select a container with uniform drainage holes at the bottom.
Fill the container with selected growing medium.
Make shallow holes (1 cm) with a distance of 1 x 1 feet throughout the surface of soil medium.
Sow 2-3 seeds per hole.
Push the little seeds bit in soil medium with your fingers & completely cover them with surrounding soil.
Water the sown seed bed immediately by a light shower with a watering can.
GROWTH STAGES OF DESI CARROT (LONG) PLANT:
Seeds will germinate within first six days or even much earlier & tiny seedlings will be visible with first leaves.
Baby seedlings will be visible in 10-15 days.
If more than one seed has germinated per hole, cut off the smaller seedlings & only keep one seedling per hole.
Harvestable Carrots will gradually develop for next 2-3 months.
Sunlight: Carrot plants require full sunlight (6-8 hours) in winter, so place your containers accordingly.
Watering: Water your Carrot container / raised bed every day in the form of a light shower with watering can. Use sprinklers for watering the Carrot plants outdoors.
Manuring: Add optimum quality organic manure with 2:1 ratio before sowing the seeds. Use organic manure like the well rotten cow dung manure, farmyard manure, Compost or Vermicompost.
Tip: Avoid adding nitrogen fertilizers in the later stages of plant growth for better root formation.
Plant care: Look for the early signs fungal infection / insect infestation. Spray appropriate medicines as soon as any symptoms are visible.
Microgreens: Grow micro greens Carrot indoors in flat containers. Sow-scatter the seeds in a crowded manner. You can harvest it in 10-15 days by uprooting the baby plants.
Harvesting: About 100-120 days after sowing, Carrots can be harvested by uprooting. You need to uproot them from the soil along with the whole plant.