Sowing carrots

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    I tried to plant some fall carrots direct sowing them into a large planter. I planted 150 over 2 weeks ago and have 4 tiny plants so far. I kept the soil slightly moist but not overly wet, planned about 1/4 - 1/2" below the soil.

    Not sure what went wrong other than maybe bad seeds? I'm going to try a few more from different seed packets. Is there some tick to carrots I'm missing?
     
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    You planted them too deep. I know the directions say to plant them 1/4"-1/2 "deep but that is wrong. All you have to do is pat them down onto the soil to make good soil contact. If you like you can very very lightly sprinkle soil over the seeds. I plant them just like lettuce seeds, totally uncovered. The secret is to KEEP the soil lightly moist. Do not let them dry out.
     
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    Carrots.
    Posted on June 7, 2017 by Durgan
    Carrots are difficult to germinate and the seed is small making handling difficult also thinning is tedious if required. My method is to encase the seed in small tissue balls, plant under a raised board at adequate spacing. Germination approaches 100 percent.
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    http://durgan.org/2017/April%202017/25%20Apil%202017%20Carrots/HTML/ 25 April 2017 Carrots.
    Carrot seed is quite small and difficult to plant at an appropriate spacing. Thinning small plants is a tedious task. My method is to enclose the seed in a soft tissue ball, which makes planting easy. I only require about 200 so the task is not too onerous. Other seeding methods are to sprinkle through a device similar to a salt shaker also use seed tapes. Both have their handicaps. Planting the ball for a reasonable number is probably the most desirable method. Planting is set at about two inch spacing in a 25 foot row, which is adequate to produce single healthy not intertwined carrots.
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    Carrot seed to obtain good germination and spacing some steps can be taken. Encapsulate the seeds to make them larger and easier to handle, and use the board method to improve germination. Adequate seed spacing at planting means no thinning of very small plants is required. Covering the seeds with a board prevents the seeds from drying out due to hot sun and moderates the soil temperature (Carrots will not germinate above 80F), and from getting moved by heavy rainfall until the plant is established. The board covering is raised with cross pieces so the emerging plant has some vertical growing space before being removed. The board is removed immediately upon the plants emerging. The board method improves germination for most seeds.
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    I do recall seeing your post a while back.

    I used coated seeds this time around, time will tell if that was worth it. I think I'll go throw something over then like you're board method as well. Although it may be a beach umbrella. :)
     
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    I used coated carrot seeds testing. IMO they are not very good. Spacing creates rows that are not a sea of green. Germination was not 100%. The board method was my most successful.
     
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    Noted for next time for sure. I supposed I could start them inside as well. Though they seem pretty fragile for a while.
     
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    LOL!
     
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    Glad that I have read this as I have bought a packet of multicoloured carrots. Useful hints for future application. Thank you, guys!
     
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    Seed tape works well also.
    Had plenty of success with that method.
     
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    ... And you thought I was kidding! :D
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    I'm going to keep monitoring then, but it may just be too darn hot still. We are still getting temps in the mid to your 90s and soil temps in the upper 80s in the pots.

    Out of curiosity, I have placed a few seeds for indoor germination where the house stay between 72-74. I'll see what pops up first.
     
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    We have left off! Right now I'd say about 10-15 percent of them. Hopefully more on the coming days. How long do you leave them covered? I'm sure they are getting some light through the umbrella, but I don't want to kill the new sprouts or the up and coming ones.
     
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    If not planted too deep they should all be up within 3 days.. I would remove the shade now. Sunlight will not harm the seedlings unless it is burning hot outside. Just keep them damp
     
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    It is pretty hot, low to mid 90's. I'm going to leave it up until this storm passes, looks like we might get a downpour.
     
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    Keep the cover on. Mid 90's is too hot for carrots but you will have to remove it fairly soon or the seedlings will become very leggy. It would be better to plant seeds mid to late October after the days are shorter and the sun less intense.
     
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    These carrots are the death of me! I decided to leave the umbrella of today and of course... It rains! A good quarter or now if my seedlings a smashed to pulp.
     
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    How can they get smashed by rain? Knocked down and flattened sure, but they will stand back up. If you had hail that's another story. Heavy rain can mess up newly emerged sprouts but seedlings have some tiny roots holding them.
     
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    Ok, flattened. Some are still in spirit stage, others are a few days further along.
     
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    I'll bet you that they will all stand up again. Don't worry if they seem crooked. It's not the tops you need worry about.
     
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