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How do you speed up the germination of carrots?

How do you speed up the germination of carrots?

Carrot seeds are naturally slow germinators, but you can speed things up a bit by priming the seeds indoors. Starting three to four days before you plan to sow them, soak carrot seeds in water for an hour, and then transfer them to a damp paper towel. Fold to enclose the seeds, then put inside an airtight container.

Why are my carrot seeds not germinating?

Sowing too early is a common mistake. Carrots are slow to germinate, but they are even slower and sometimes won’t sprout at all if the soil temperatures are too low. Roughly 70-75°F is ideal. I suggest sowing seeds two weeks before the last frost date.

Why do carrots take so long to grow?

Carrots need warm temperatures in order for the seeds to germinate—around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer. That’s why carrots are slow to germinate in cooler spring temperatures. What is this? However, carrots need cool temperatures for developing sweet, fat roots—around 40 degrees F.

Do carrots need sun to germinate?

Learn more in our planting guide below. Misshapen carrots can be caused by heavy, compact, overly-enriched soil. Carrots prefer sunny locations (6 to 10 hours of sun). The soil itself should be free-draining; this is one of the few crops that actively benefits from sandier soils.

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