Indoor Carrot Growing

Overview

Indoor container gardening is an effective way of producing delicious and healthy vegetables year-round. Just because outdoor conditions are not conducive to growing and harvesting vegetables does not prohibit a resourceful gardener from growing a thriving container garden in front of a sunny window or beneath grow lights. Select a carrot variety that develops tiny carrots for indoor carrot growing. In a short time, delectable tiny carrots can be harvested from an indoor garden.

Step 1

Fill a container to the top with potting soil and set it on a drainage tray.

Step 2

Sprinkle carrot seeds evenly over the soil (spacing is not important due to the small size of the seeds. Thinning will come later). Cover the carrot seeds with ¼ inch of potting soil.

Step 3

Spray the potting soil generously with water to saturate the soil.

Step 4

Cover the container with a sheet of plastic wrap to create a moist growing environment for the carrot seeds.

Step 5

Place the container in a growing location that has a temperature of 60 to 70 while the seeds germinate. Spray the soil surface only to keep it from drying out.

Step 6

Move the container to a sunny window or beneath the grow lights after the seeds germinate. Remove the plastic cover. Keep the lights on 14 to 16 hours each day if you are using artificial lighting.

Step 7

Thin the carrot seedlings immediately upon emergence from the soil by clipping off the green tops so the seedlings are 1 inch apart in the container. Thin the seedlings to 2 to 3 inches apart when they are approximately 2 inches high.

Step 8

Keep the soil moist as the carrots mature.

Step 9

Check for maturity by pushing the soil away from the tops of the roots. Pull the carrot carefully from the soil by the root if the carrot diameter is within the diameter specified for the variety you are growing. Cut the greens from the carrots immediately to prevent the carrot from shriveling.

Things You'll Need

  • Square or rectangular container with drainage holes (8 to 10 inches wide and deep)
  • Container tray
  • Potting soil
  • Carrot seeds (Baby Bell, Little Finger, Mini Round or Short and Sweet)
  • Spray bottle (filled with water)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scissors

References

  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Vegetable Gardening in Containers
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.