A journal of my home vegetable garden. Skippy thinks it's his garden, but I've been gardening here for 20 years. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6). I have a big community garden plot and a small plot in my yard. I try to grow all of my family's vegetables using sustainable organic methods.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

truth or myth? you can't transplant carrots

I heard you can't transplant carrots because the roots end up crooked. I thought I'd just be very careful to dig a deep hole and straighten the root as I transplanted. Hmmm. No such luck. I had to learn the hard way. I threw out my second batch of seedlings without transplanting them. I will go back to direct sowing. I think carrots (and parsnips) are the only crop I don't transplant.

crooked carrots

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17 Comments:

Blogger Heidi-Hoe said...

Good to know. At least they're not that crooked. ;)

June 27, 2012 4:39 PM

 
Blogger David said...

But they look so cool! Though did it stunt the growth? It looks like those are half longs.

June 27, 2012 4:45 PM

 
Anonymous Erin said...

Oh my god those carrots are amazing. I am so doing this!

June 27, 2012 5:00 PM

 
Blogger icebear said...

i often assumed that it would simply be too tedious, but i see that is not the only reason.lol

June 27, 2012 5:27 PM

 
Blogger Parsnip Love said...

Thank you for doing this experiment. You saved me some trouble because I was debating starting carrots inside next year as well since we have the hardest time keeping carrot seedlings moist enough. On the bright side, your curly carrot on the left is kind of cute.

June 27, 2012 7:08 PM

 
Blogger Pam said...

I'll bet they taste just fine. We usually cut carrots so you could trim the ends. Or come up with a nifty new name for curly bottom carrots.

June 27, 2012 8:14 PM

 
Blogger becky3086 said...

LOL, I like the one with the curly end.

June 27, 2012 8:47 PM

 
Blogger Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I have to remember that.

June 27, 2012 10:01 PM

 
Anonymous Julie said...

I transplant carrots and beets all the time. Sometimes the tops will fall over and look dead, but they generally revive and start growing again. I always try because I hate just tossing the little guys. Never had any luck transplanting radishes though.

June 28, 2012 11:45 AM

 
Blogger zippiknits said...

there is a special tool for planting carrot seedlings. To be honest, it looks a lot like a nostepenne, something to wind wool yarn on.

June 28, 2012 1:31 PM

 
Blogger Pete said...

I found growing carrot transplants a challenge, but doable.

http://whitecloverandbees.blogspot.com/2011/06/growing-carrot-transplants.html

June 28, 2012 2:00 PM

 
Blogger Julia said...

Yeah..I did that once and discovered the same thing!

June 28, 2012 4:18 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sure had early carrots this way Katthy. Not bad at all. I always transplant my redishes as I can not just pull them up and throw in a compost pile. 60% does well, just like my seed started once..I always get some that never grow to radish and just give me seeds.
Huli

June 29, 2012 12:49 AM

 
Blogger Tricia said...

HA! I always cringe when the kids' preschool teachers have them plant carrot seeds in cups to go with the book The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. The fact that carrots don't really transplant is a tough lesson to learn at any age!

http://thesilliestgarden.blogspot.com/

June 29, 2012 10:14 PM

 
Blogger Nichole said...

Well that explains why mine came out crooked. Thanks Kathy!

July 02, 2012 6:33 PM

 
Blogger carrotmuseum said...

The "official" answer is yes and no! Often very small seedlings can be transplanted, some succeed some do not. Larger plants will NEVER transplant.

Either way, curly and bendy carrots are just as nutritious are "normal" ones.

July 04, 2012 2:04 AM

 
Blogger . . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Wow, that's fascinating. I don't grow carrots because my soil is like concrete...

July 07, 2012 10:32 PM

 

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