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How to grow carrots in pots/containers at home/garden

One of the most common element of our daily consumption is carrot. People eat carrot as salad, as vegetable, soup, and for  many other purposes. 
You know that a beginner can grow carrots at home if he is able to take care of plants and aware of circumstances and odd results. Don't worry it is not a difficult task but you have to be active from starting to the end of  the process.

How to grow carrots at home or in the garden?

I'm convinced that you are here to learn how to grow carrots  at home in containers. Let's start with the requirements first-

Requirements to grow carrots at home

Carrots can't grow in odd climate conditions, not in odd soil fertility, not even in odd water irrigation. If you want to grow carrots at home, you have to be careful and aware of the various stages of carrot plant growth. 

Following are some of the fundamental requirements to grow carrots at home in containers/pots 

Type of Containers/pots to grow carrots

You can either use black plastic bags of 0.5mm thick and at least 7 inches in diameter with 10 inches height or you can use plastic containers/pots of the same measurement. 

You must have to open a few holes in the plastic pots for extra water drainage.

how to grow carrots at home in containers

The most popular containers/pots are solid mud pots. They can use for garden plants and flowers. These kinds of pots contain natural draining tiny holes. They drain water slowly and provide extra cooling to the plant in summer. 

But a basic disadvantage of solid mud pots is that they are costlier. 

You can buy them directly from the market according to your requirements. People generally use the same bigger container to grow carrots and then later they transplant them. But we suggest you grow separately seed by seed in the single pot from the starting.

But still, if you want to use the big container for sprouting, you need 25 to 30 inches diameter width of the container with 8 to 10 inches in height.

Temperature and humidity

The basic temperature to sow carrot seeds is 20 to 25 degrees Celcius. For mid growth,  it can reduce to 10 to 15 degrees Celcius and for later growth it is good to have 8 to 10 degrees Celcius temperature.  
During the whole cultivation, humidity can vary from 60% to 30%. At the sowing period it can be higher and for later growth, it should  be lower up to 25 to 30%. 

Soil mix with vermicompost

Garden soil sometimes reduces your quality of yield. It doesn't contain the essential elements to grow quality yield. 

To grow better and healthy plants, you need to mix this soil with either vermicompost or with waste organic compost. 

Suppose you are using vermicompost, you need to fix a ratio of 6:3:1 of each garden soil, vermicompost, and sand respectively. It means to make a soil mixture of 10 kg, you need 6 kg garden soil, 3kg vermicompost, and 1kg sand. Now, mix each component well and use it directly in the pots. 

Season of growing carrots

The best time to sow carrot seeds is from August to October. A similar climate conditions, you can grow them till the end of November too. It takes around 3 months(90 days) to become a mature carrot. 
You can harvest them 3 months after(depending on your sowing month) from January to the end of February.

Process of growing carrots

Before following the further instructions, you need to make sure that you already have all the requirements. Now follow the further steps-

Sowing of carrot seeds in containers

If you are taking one seed in a single pot

In separate pots, you reduce one step of transplanting the small carrot plants. You just have to dig holes and sprinkle two to three seeds in each pot. Spray water and leave it in direct sunlight for 5 to 8 hours. 
                If you keep aware then it takes 6 to 8 days to become a sprout. After 20 days they become small plants of carrots of 4 to 7 inches tall. 

If you are growing seeds in a single pot

When you grow carrots in a single large pot then you need to dig multiple holes and sprinkle the seeds over them without overlapping each other. Cover them with the same soil and spray water. Repeat the same process as you do with single plants in a single pot. 
When plants become 20 to 25 days old, you have to transplant them to provide them better and quality growth. 
Transplant the stronger plants in separate pots and follow the same process. 

Irrigation of carrot plants

You can use artificial sprayers to provide water to your carrot plants. You need to know that in the carrot growing season, daily irrigation is needless. You just have to make sure that soil must not either lose all the moisture or become wet from the over-showering of water.

The general method to check the moisture of the soil mixture, you just have to pick soil from the pot and check it with your fingers. If soil is wet then don't use more water till it gets drained. If soil is like powder in your fingers, then provide quick showering to needed plants.

Composting of carrot plants

On the 40th to 45th day, first composting is required. You can use vermicompost directly over the soil mixture and spray some water. This vermicompost layer should not be over 1 inch thick. Second composting should be on the 65th day from sowing seeds. 
                   These two composting are enough to get mature carrots to harvest. Remember one thing, you need to spray some water to quick the process of absorption of important elements from the compost. 

Weeding in the carrot container

The most easiest and important part of any cultivation is the weeding of spontaneous plants. You can clean them when to see them appearing with the plants. Carrot plants require 3 to 4 times weeding during the whole process. 

Harvesting of fresh carrots

Harvesting carrots is easy. Because they grow under the soil mixture, you just have to use both hands to pick up the plants with the root. The best time to harvest carrots is morning. 

You don't need to worry about the shape of the carrots if they are odd in shape or too small. These carrots are healthier and full of nutrients. Wash them and eat them as you want to. 

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