How to Sow Yellowstone Carrot Seeds
Distinctive from their bright shade of canary yellow, the Yellowstone is fast growing with long, smooth, and cylindrical roots which can grow up to 20cm. Known for the delicate, sweet flavouring it can be appealing to the palate not only roasted as part of meal but, as a raw crunchy snack.
Growing Yellowstone Carrot Vegetables from Seeds
- Soil Preparation: To ensure optimal carrot growth, it is important to prepare the soil properly. Avoid working the soil when it is wet to prevent lumps. Instead, dig or till the carrot bed deeply when the soil is on the dry side. This will allow for a finer texture, which is beneficial for carrot root development.
- Seed Sowing: Sow the carrot seeds in rows spaced 30-40cm (12-16in) apart. The ideal depth for sowing is 1/2″ deep. It is essential to provide sufficient space for the carrots to grow long and shapely roots. Avoid using freshly manured soil, as it can result in hairy, rough roots, as well as forks and splits
- Seed Spacing: Thinly sow the seeds within the rows, leaving 30-40cm (12-16in) of space between them. Aim for approximately 4 seeds per 2cm (1in) to ensure proper germination. It is recommended to sow the seeds after the last frost has passed.
- Thinning: Once the seedlings emerge, thin them out to provide adequate space for each carrot to develop. For carrots intended for fresh eating while smaller, thin to 16-20 carrots per 30cm. For a mid-season crop with larger roots, thin to 6-10 carrots per 30cm, depending on the desired root size.
Caring for Yellowstone Carrot Seeds
- Maintenance: To achieve the best results, keep the carrot bed free from weeds. Regularly water the plants to ensure consistent moisture levels in the soil. Carrots thrive in sunlight, so choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Maintain a temperature of 12°C or higher for optimal growth.
- Carrot Fly Prevention: Carrot fly is a common pest that can damage carrot crops. To prevent infestation, promptly dispose of thinned seedlings to deter carrot flies from being attracted to the area.
- Germination and Maturity: Carrot seeds typically germinate within 14-21 days. Once germinated, carrots will reach maturity within 70-80 days. Regularly monitor the progress of your crop to ensure the carrots are harvested at the desired stage of maturity.
- Green Shoulder Prevention: As the carrots grow, it is important to prevent “green shoulder,” which refers to the exposure of the carrot’s shoulders to sunlight, resulting in a green color. To prevent this, gently push soil up around the growing carrots, ensuring that any exposed roots are covered.
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