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Carrot Seeds - Berlicum

Botanical - Daucus carota

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2000 Seeds.

Other Names - Mid Season Carrots…

Carrot Berlicum has cylindrical shaped roots that can reach up to 20cm in length in deep and stone free soil. It is an open pollinated variety and is best sown for maincrop production. It can store well overwinter and has a sweet flavour and an excellent orange colour.

  • Good for storing overwinter.
  • Early bunching variety.
  • Produces sweet and flavoursome roots.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden, limited space

Sowing Months - April - June

Harvest - June - November


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Amaranth is great for attracting the ground beetle. This predatory beetle eats slugs, snails, slug and snail eggs, caterpillars and weed seed.
  • The carrot root fly can be deterred or confused by the strong smells of the allium family. Try intercropping carrots with salad onions, shallots and onions.
  • Carrots and lettuce are good neighbours as they do not compete with one another.
  • Try growing some radish between the carrot rows. By the time the slow growing carrots need the extra space the radish crop will have been harvested.

Soil Preperation

Add well rotted manure or compost to the bed 2 - 3 months before sowing, the previous autumn is ideal. Remove any weeds from the growing and surrounding area. Rake the ground well and remove as many stones from the bed as possible. Add some general purpose organic fertilizer 2 - 3 weeks before sowing.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type Heritage variety Distance between plants N/A
Position Full sun Distance between rows N/A
Average height 40 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 15 cm Sowing distance between plants 0.2 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 30 cm
Overwintering Stored or left in the ground undercover Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 8 to 20℃
    Days to germination 14 - 21 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

For best results, sow carrot seeds direct in the ground or containers rather than starting the seeds in modules. The tap root of the vegetable is very fragile and easy to damage during transplanting. Damaging the tap root will cause stunting in the carrots growth or even death.

Direct Sowing

Carrot seedlings are much loved by slugs and snails. To help keep these pests away avoid wetting the surrounding soil as much as possible as these pests dislike dry soils. To sow, draw out a drill with a hoe or forefinger at the depth and row distance suggested above. If the soil is dry, now is a good time to carefully add some water to the drill hollow. Avoid wetting any other areas other than the hollow so that slugs are less attracted.
Carrot seeds are a little fiddly to sow because of their small size. Pick up some seeds between your thumb and forefinger and rub the two backwards and forwards whilst moving over the drill. If you find the seeds are falling too densely try mixing in some dry sand with the seeds. Aim for about 5 seeds per 1cm. After sowing cover the seeds with dry soil. To ensure the seeds are in contact with the soil rather than an air pockets pat down the newly sown area with the back of a spade or your hand.
If water was added to the hollow before sowing, there will be no need to water again for a further 10 - 14 days. Seeds sown in containers may however need watering again soon. If however water was not added before sowing, water the surface directly above the sown area, keeping as much of the surrounding soil as dry as possible.
Because of moisture loving pests such as slugs and snails it is advisable with carrots to water the bed well every 10 - 14 days rather than watering them a little and often. Container grown carrots will need watering more often. If the carrot root fly is a problem cover the crop with some fine insect mesh.


Growing On

After 5 - 6 weeks from sowing the carrots may need to be thinned if they are growing too close together (less than 2cm apart). When thinning carefully pull out the unwanted plants (normally the smallest) and try to avoid squashing the leaves as the carrot smell from the bruised leaves will attract the carrot root fly. The thinning's at this stage will probably be too small to eat. Remove all thinning's from the area and bury them deep in the compost heap to mask the smell. Carefully press down any disturbed soil around the remaining carrots.
Avoid overwatering carrots, they will grow bigger roots if they have to go searching for water! If however you notice the leaves wilting during dry weather give them a good deep watering (Check that the water is being drawn deep into the soil and not just wetting the top few centimetres, if this is the case keep watering!). Water well again in 10 - 14 days. Container grown carrots will need watering more often. If very large carrots are preferred thin to 3 - 4 cm apart.


Harvesting

In about eight weeks from sowing the first baby carrots will be ready to harvest. To establish which carrots have the biggest roots, move the surface soil from around the top of the carrots to see which roots have the widest shoulders. Pulling the largest roots will give the remaining small carrots more room to grow. The bigger the space between the carrots the bigger the root can grow. After 14 - 18 weeks from sowing the remaining carrots will be ready to harvest.
Carrots can tolerate a little frost however it is advisable to lift the remaining roots before the frosts arrive. Large carrots can be stored overwinter in a hessian, paper sack or in a box of damp sand or compost in a frost free garage. Carrots can also be left in the ground overwinter if they are protected by a thick covering of fleece. However they may be more susceptible to damage from slugs and snails.

TIP

The young seedlings are much loved by slugs and snails. To help deter these pests keep the surrounding area weed free. Bare soil on either side of the carrot bed is essential.

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