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Carrot Plant

Carrots are one of the most iconic vegetables out there. Bright, crunchy, and tasty, they’re perfect as a snack or finger food. They even go great with both sweet and savory recipes (carrot cake, anyone?). So what could be better than fresh carrots? Homegrown fresh carrots!

Keep reading to learn all about carrot plants so that you can learn how to grow them yourself! 

Carrot orange chantenay type chaba, carrot plants.

Growing and Caring for Carrots

Luckily for you, carrot plants are not a fickle plant to grow. All you need is love, devotion, plenty of sunlight, and to carefully follow these guides that we’ve put together for you. 

How To Plant Carrot Seeds
How To Grow Carrots
Companion Plants For Carrots

If you live in a very cold or very hot place, not to fear! We even have a Guide to Growing Carrots Indoors, which will allow you to grow these tasty veggies no matter where you lice!

Next, of course, is one of my favorite parts about growing carrot plants—harvesting them!

When To Harvest Carrots
How To Harvest Carrot Seeds To Grow Next Season

How to Plant Carrot Seeds

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Storing Carrots

If you get a particularly big carrot harvest, you might not be able to eat them all fast enough, and you might even run out of recipe options. What to do? I’ve got great news for you: carrots store very well, so if you learn the right techniques, you’ll be able to have your cake and eat it!

How to Store Carrots and Keep Them Fresh
How to Freeze Carrots
How to Can Carrots

Storing a bag of chopped carrots in the freezer.

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Eating Carrots

Ok, so maybe I fibbed earlier. The best part about growing your own carrot plants isn’t the harvesting, it’s (obviously!) the eating! First, learn about How to Cook Carrots (which also includes 5 amazing carrot recipes, then dive into our other delicious dishes:

The Best Carrot Cake Recipe
The Best Glazed Carrots Recipe

Health Benefits of Carrots

Carrots really are wonderful vegetables. Not only are they colorful and tasty, but they’re also very healthy for you. Learn about the health benefits of both carrots and of carrot juice to find out why. 

Health Benefits of Carrots
Health Benefits of Carrot Juice

a slice of carrot cake.
Glass of carrot juice with carrots on a wooden table

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Carrot Varieties

As you might have guessed, carrots come in all shapes and sizes. Some aren’t even orange! Dive into our comprehensive list of carrot varieties to learn about all the different qualities and elements, and pick the one that best fits your carrot plant growing needs. 

bunch of organic carrots laying on fertile soil at a home garden

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Carrot FAQs

What type of soil do carrots prefer?

Carrots prefer well-draining soil that’s sandy or loamy. Heavy clay soils can lead to deformed carrots.

When should carrots be planted?

Carrots should be planted in the early spring, a few weeks before the last frost.

How long does it take for carrots to mature?

Depending on the variety, carrots can take anywhere from 70 to 120 days to fully mature.

What are the health benefits of eating carrots?

Carrots are a good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They are associated with lower levels of cholesterol and improved eye health.

Grow Your Own Carrot Plants!

I hope this post has inspired you to either start growing your own carrot plants, or use these guides to take your carrot gardening to the next level. Check back often, because we’re constantly updating our content!

In the meantime, learn about growing some more of nature’s colorful goodies: