One of the most commonly eaten vegetables, the carrot is an adaptable crop grown for its edible taproot that is usually orange in colour, crisp in texture with a sweet, aromatic taste. The carrot consists of slightly bitter, fern like leaves that develop from the top of the crown. Although these are edible they are usually discarded.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Carrots grow best in full sun but tolerate some shade.

    Carrots grow best on an open site in deep, well drained soils that are high in organic matter. Coarse sand can be added to clay soils to improve texture.

    Raised beds are ideal with soil being free from stones and compaction.

    Carrots thrive in warm weather and slowly when the weather cools in autumn.

    Good early weed management in carrot crops is critical as young carrot seedlings cannot compete with rapidly growing weeds.

    Carrots grown in straight rows are easier to weed.

    In hot, dry areas, frequent watering is used after sowing to maintain moisture levels around the seeds and to prevent crusting which can inhibit seedling emergence.

    Carrots do not need high levels of nitrogen to grow well and so use fertilisers that contain nitrogen sparingly.

    Carrots should be sown from spring to summer for continuous harvest in temperate gardens.

    Seeds should be sown directly into ground at 2.5cm apart and at a depth of 1-2cm.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant 

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¼-¾ cup (80-140g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 0.75-1.5kg/10m row

    Comments: Apply fertiliser either below or to side of seed or incorporate to depth of 10cm in topsoil several weeks before planting. If you add fertiliser with the soil to improve structure prior to planting, ensure that it is evenly blended into the soil to avoid forked or misshaped roots.


    Stage: Side Dress  

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¼ cup (50g)/m²

    Commercial Use: Up to 700g/10m row

    Comments: Apply 2-3 weeks after emergence (before carrots are pencil thickness). A repeat application 3-4 weeks later may be required.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.