carrots

nikki 7nikki 7 Posts: 66

Hi everyone

Any idea as to why my carrots (which I sowed in March), have such tall & luscious foliage - but tiny little carrots when pulled?  Very disappointing.

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  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    nikki, how close together are they? Overcrowding can end up with your result. It could also be a fertiliser problem. Have you fertilised them? Particularly with nitrogen? Or was there fresh nitrogen in the soil? Either can also end up with your result.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,424

    Do they usually go from seed to big carrot in 3 months?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    The time to full maturity depends on the variety. Earlier varieties - like Amsterdam Forcing, which I grow - are ready inside three months.

    You also don't have to wait till carrots are fully mature. Harvesting them earlier will give you delicious young carrots.

  • nikki 7nikki 7 Posts: 66

    Many thanks for the replies folks.  I've only pulled a couple so far and the actual carrot was tiny!,  (And also because I didn't want to get them invaded by the deaded carrot fly).  But - I will keep my fingers crossed & try again in about a weeks time.  I'll let you know the results then.

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,424

    Have you got them thinned out, they dont grow very big if they are all bunched together.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Try adding a phosphorus rich fertiliser. That will help the developments of roots, as it sounds like the ground is lacking this nutrient 

  • nikki 7nikki 7 Posts: 66

    Hello Lyn & greenfingeredsmoggy

    Yes they are not too bunched up.  And I have grown them before with success - so it's a bit of a mystery.  Thanks for the tip Grennfingeredsmoggy.  I'll try the phospherous fertiliser you suggest for root development.  (If all else fails, there's always next year to try again).  That's gardening, you win some - you lose some!  Thanks once again everyone.

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