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    I put my seeds in begining of January, I sowed them in a trough. Left them in the house for a bit then put them in the green house, which might I add, had a frost in recently. However the carrots are fine and seem to be well established.

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    going to start mine off in loo rolls on the 9th feb ( and/or paper pots), then put them straight in to the ground when they are well established.
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    I advise not starting carrots in any kind of module or roll. Unless you are lucky and extremely vigilant it is a recipe for disaster.

    You need to appreciate that the first root to grow - the tap root which becomes the carrot - will be at the bottom of any tube before you know it. Try it, and you'll see. Once it gets there, it will send out more roots, thus causing forking and mishapen carrots.

    Secondly, when you come to plant the carrots it is extremely fiddly. They are not strong seedlings and are easily broken.

    At this time of year (I don't start any until mid February myself) you should sow very thinly, straight in to a large pot and keep them cool. If they are warm, they grow too tall and you will have trouble keeping them upright.

    Oh, and before I go, don't be fooled into thinking the ball-shaped carrots are perfect for a pot. They were bred to be useful in shallow soil, not containers. You will get a heavier crop from a pot if you use early small types like Nantes. They do fine in a pot 30cm deep. Honestly.

    And there endeth today's lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutecumber View Post
    I advise not starting carrots in any kind of module or roll. Unless you are lucky and extremely vigilant it is a recipe for disaster.

    You need to appreciate that the first root to grow - the tap root which becomes the carrot - will be at the bottom of any tube before you know it. Try it, and you'll see. Once it gets there, it will send out more roots, thus causing forking and mishapen carrots.

    Secondly, when you come to plant the carrots it is extremely fiddly. They are not strong seedlings and are easily broken.

    At this time of year (I don't start any until mid February myself) you should sow very thinly, straight in to a large pot and keep them cool. If they are warm, they grow too tall and you will have trouble keeping them upright.

    Oh, and before I go, don't be fooled into thinking the ball-shaped carrots are perfect for a pot. They were bred to be useful in shallow soil, not containers. You will get a heavier crop from a pot if you use early small types like Nantes. They do fine in a pot 30cm deep. Honestly.

    And there endeth today's lesson.
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    I had some Paris Market carrots free with my Christmas Pressie, a framework which holds 12 troughs. It seems like the suppliers thought they should be suitable for containers, so it will be interesting to see how they do.
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    It seems like the suppliers thought they should be suitable for containers
    That's a sweet thing to say but the bottom line is that the suppliers want to sell you seeds and make money. Take everything they write with a pinch of salt. Often, the people writing the catalogues and websites must have some strange direction from the breeders, too, considering what I have read.

    I would say that they (spherical carrots) are a novelty crop in a pot - you just don't get the best possible crop for the space.

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    I'm pleased I found this thread as I too am going to grow some carrots in a bucket this year. Very happy to hear I can sow them straight into the container. Might pop down to the village and get some compost right now. Seems now is about the right time. Can anyone tell me when they will be ready to eat? How much water do they need? I was quite successfull with potatoes in pots last year, I quite enjoyed coming home from work and watering them every night. Oh and one more thing. I bought these seeds from Lidl and they don't seem to have a name.. the packet says 'carrot - berlikumer 2' 'Daucus carota'. What does this mean? Sorry, I have no idea !!

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    Martha, "Daucus carota" is the posh (species) name of carrots.
    "berlikumer 2" is the cultivar name - a cultivar as you may know, is where you breed the species to create some individuals that will have certain traits. It's still part of the species because it will interbreed with other cultivars - that's pretty much the definition of a species, although it's not as clear cut as once thought, particularly with plants.
    I got some of those too, last year, the ones the slugs didn't get (very few, sadly ) were beezers, definitely thinking of them again ! (And the scorzonera duplex, yummy and easier to grow than falling off a log.) But this year I think I'll try them in pierced florists' buckets, with sandy loam; that's worked better for me in the past with fewer problems with carrot fly etc.

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