How Deep do You Plant Carrots? With Bonus Tips on Planting Carrots

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Carrots are a delicious and nutritious vegetable that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. They are also relatively easy to grow, which makes them a great choice for those who want to start their own garden.

However, one question that many people have is how deep they should plant carrot seeds. In this article, we will explore the answer to this question and provide some tips on how to get the best results when growing carrots.

We discussed carrot growing in detail in our earlier post, Here is the link to that post.

How Deep do You Plant Carrots?

As carrot seeds are tiny, they should be sown shallowly. If you plant them too deeply they might not germinate properly. Ideally, you should plant carrot seeds about half an inch deep in the soil.

How to Plant Carrot Seeds:

The ideal soil for growing carrots should be loose, and free of any rock or lump. To ensure this double dig your soil. You can also use raised beds to grow carrots. Ensure that the soil is well-drained and is high in organic matter.

The easiest way to grow carrots is from seeds. Plant carrot seeds in rows. The rows should be 1 to 2 feet apart. Plant your carrot seeds about ½ inch deep in the soil. Make sure the seeds are only just buried. Give a gap of 1-2 inches between two seeds.

After planting the seeds cover them with compost, or potting mix. Water gently.

Carrot seeds generally take 14 to 21 days to germinate. Make sure the soil remains moist so the germination process doesn’t slow down.

Carrot Planting Tips:

  • Carrots can be of various shapes and sizes. They can be slender, ball-type, blocky, etc. Choose the right root size and shape that suit your soil. Your soil depth should not be less than twice that of the mature size of the carrot.
  • Always use a uniform blend of soil that doesn’t have any lumps and stones. The lumps or stones can force the roots to fork.
  • Carrots need lots of nutrients. Add a handful of compost while planting carrots. You can also add organic sources of nutrients like blood meal, alfalfa meal, horn meal, etc., from time to time.
  • If you found the crowns of the carrots pushing out of the soil cover them with soil or mulch. They should be exposed to sunlight. This can cause the carrot tops to turn green and bitter.

How Long Do Carrots Take to Grow:

It takes almost 70 to 80 days for carrots to grow after sowing the seeds. Once they have matured you can pull them from the soil. If the soil has become a bit stiff use a spade to loosen it before pulling the carrots.


When planting carrots it is important to take into account the depth of the hole, the size of the carrot, and the surrounding soil. By following the tips in this article, you can ensure that your carrots have the best chance to grow into healthy and delicious vegetables.

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prasenjit saha author Gardening ABC

Hi there! My name is Prasenjit and I’m an avid gardener and someone who has grown a passion for growing plants. From my hands-on experience, I have learned what works and what doesn’t. Here I share everything I have learned.