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Thinning carrots and replanting?

Has anyone ever managed to transplant carrot seedlings? I hate throwing away seedlings, I know it's stupid. I was going to transplant the ones I have to see what happens bit I was wondering if anyone has already done this and has been successful.


  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,975
    Carrots don't transplant successfully. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 1,783
    Take as much soil as you can with them, and give it a try.  Try not to disturb the soil ball they are in when you transplant.  If you move/break the hairlike taproot, they will be forked and weird (and difficult to clean/peel/cut).  You'll still need to do a lot of thinning, as carrots along the edge of each transplant spot will be damaged.  Personally, there are a zillion seeds in each inexpensive seed pack, I wouldn't bother myself.. BUT, gardening is all about experimenting.   :)
    Utah, USA.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,651
    If you don’t like to waste a seedling buy pelleted seeds then you just sow wherever you want them. 
    Theres not much point in trying to transfer them, you could attract the root fly and they don’t take well. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,540
    Big boys don't cry.  :(
    Carrots don't transplant. :)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Another reason for asking is that I was at a garden centre today and we're selling trays of carrots to obviously transplant.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 1,783
    💷💷💷 What will someone do?  Take them back in the fall for a refund?  I see many things at the GC that are destined for failure.  
    Utah, USA.
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