Where did I go wrong?

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Post: # 53629Unread post Spike
Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:25 pm

I planted several different types of carrots. I grow carrots in tubs because of our clay mud aka garden dirt. Every year I get beautiful carrots. The only thing I did different this year, was in a separate tub, I grew rainbow carrots from a tape. Not a single one of my carrots were worth a hoot. Beautiful tops but the carrots themselves were stubby useless things. What happened? :(
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Post: # 53630Unread post Amateurinawe
Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:30 pm

I think you bought the same ones as me @Spike ....
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Post: # 53633Unread post Spike
Thu Sep 09, 2021 3:02 pm

So heart breaking! I simply love carrots and nothing.
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Post: # 53635Unread post Bower
Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:25 pm

I love em too, and planted a lot of carrots last year. But entire beds of carrot seedlings were mowed down by this beast called Black Arion. :evil: I did not repeat this year, but they took the cilantro instead. :roll: They're especially fond of anything in the carrotty family, as long as it's a wee seedling (or better yet, a LAWN of seedlings).
Spike, maybe you just need to leave your rainbow carrots a bit longer. Carrots do get nice tops before they bulk up the roots. I have pulled more than a few too early, and disappointing size.
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Post: # 53653Unread post mama_lor
Fri Sep 10, 2021 2:17 am

The variety makes a big difference with carrots, just like with radishes, it's very important to match your conditions. For me the ones with less leaves work best (Like Nantes, Maestro). The ones that grow many leaves first are usually a tragedy.
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Post: # 53659Unread post brownrexx
Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:30 am

@Spike when did you plant your carrot seeds? Carrots have a DTM of about 75 days so possibly you are pulling them too early?

Overcrowding will also lead to underdeveloped carrots.

Or how about nutrition? If your carrots were in pots and we have had LOTS of rain, possibly they ran out of nutrients. I have never grown in containers but I think that fertilizer is needed in them.
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