Friday, January 10, 2014

30 Top Tips for Growing Greenhouse Carrots

Greenhouse grown garden carrots let consumers enjoy the crisp, flavorful taste of this delicious organic vegetables year-round!

You might be a major supplier to buyers, have a roadside stand or table at the Farmers Market, or grow crops for family, neighbors and the local food bank.

Following are favorite hints to increase the enjoyment and success of growing carrots in the greenhouse.

1. Modify and optimize you're gardens setup, specifically for the Geo-location, environment, and other conditions, before doing anything.

It's essential, that you follow the greenhouse carrot growing guidelines for where you live. Help is always available online, at the nursery, from local college and university agricultural programs, and through the Department of Agriculture.

2. Maximize productivity by making four separate plantings.

Carrots store well over the winter.

3. Carrots prefer soil of some type to grow properly, even in greenhouses.

4. The best temperature to grow greenhouse carrots is 61 to 65 degrees F.

5. Various greenhouse grown carrots have different requirements, for interior heat and humidity levels.

6. Weeding is still required in the greenhouse.

It is important to weed carrots gently so as not to disturb the root. Pull the weeds by hand and dispose of them.

7. The succulent Nantes carrot has a cylindrical shape.

It averages 7 inches in length. Nantes is a deep orange, early producer and sweeter-flavored than most other carrots.

8. Soaking the soil thoroughly once or twice a week encourages proper root development.

9. Every area has a different length of time for plants to mature.

  • Keep a log to familiarize yourself with each type of carrot's performance.
  • It is an excellent guide to how often successive plantings should be done, as well as eliminate non-performers from your list of preferred varieties of carrots.

10. Weeds adversely affect the growth of carrots because weeds grow much more quickly than this particular type of root crop.

They either choke them off completely or cause improper shape and length.

11. The e dark orange short, Cylindrical Danvers produces a good harvest.

This 7 inch cylindrical Danver carrot is quite thick and commonly used for canning and freezing by major companies. It is also good for juicing.

12. A top seller in North America, the Imperator ranges from 8 to 12 inches in length at maturity.
  • This sweet, tender carrot is long and thin with a pointy ending.

13. Harvest the carrots when the root is about three-quarters of an inch above the soil, if not sooner. That prevents a pithy texture.

14. Not thinning the carrots properly is one cause of small roots or a leafy top with little or no root.

The same condition can be caused by too much nitrogen in the fertilizer.

15. Carrot classification is determined by size and shape.

16. The best soils for growing carrots are soft, peaty or light, sandy types.

Although these types are very different, each provides the open, airy structure that encourages carrots to grow.

17. Thin the carrots by pulling fingerlings that are about as long as your little finger.
  • That allows room for the remaining carrots to grow without crowding.
  • Use the fingerlings for salads or snacks.
  • They also add to the delicious flavor of split pea soup.

18. Use a placard for each type of carrot you plant and evaluate how well it does in your greenhouse.

19. Baby carrots are typically between 3 and 4 inches in length.
  • They are used in soups and placed on veggie trays for dipping.

20. If you raise other crops in the greenhouse that have significantly different requirements, make another one for carrots and other vegetables that fall within these parameters.

21. Introduced to North America from France in the 1800s, the Chantenay carrot is recognized by its short, stubby shape.
  • The length ranges between 5 and 7 inches at maturity. It stores very well and grows sweeter during storage.

22. Carrots can tolerate a wide range of pH, with a range of 6.0 to 6.8 considered the optimal number for great production.

23. Insect infestation like carrot rust fly and carrot weevils are easier to avoid in the greenhouse because of the controlled environment.

  • It is recommended to start your own greenhouse plants rather than bringing them in from nurseries and other houses, as that reduces the chance of exposing your plants to outside problems.

24. Wet foliage causes diseases in the carrots, so avoid using a sprinkler system for greenhouse grown carrots.

25. You can use a higher density of sowing with the popular baby carrots.

26. Carrots can be grown year-round under the right conditions.
  • Sow the season's first Nantes carrot seeds in late December. Forcing the seed provides fingerlings by May.

27. Carrots react badly to growth in rich, heavy soil.
  • It makes them quite strongly flavored.
28. Hydroponic greenhouses are still in a trial process for growing quality carrots.
  • Meanwhile, use sandy loam or mucky soils in the greenhouse to encourage straighter carrots that pull out of the bed in a relatively clean appearance.

29. Look around the room for a sunny location and set it up for planting carrots.
  • Make sure the soil is free of pebbles and debris and the drainage system excellent.
  • The sunshine, good drainage, and an easy route for the root to travel produces the great carrot harvest any greenhouse gardener is looking for.

30. Greenhouse temperatures above 82 degrees F reduce top growth and cause an unsavory strong taste in the carrot itself.
  • Temperatures below 50 degrees while the carrot is young frequently cause the production of flower stalks.

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