Simple Steps to Success: Fruit and Vegetables in Pots,
Carson Carrots Crunchy Texture Good for Eating Raw
Carson carrots make an ideal choice for growing in containers or on heavy soils due to short, stocky roots. They are renowned for their taste, and its sweet, crunchy flavor. Stores well for autumn and winter use.

Easy to grow and wonderfully sweet when scrubbed and eaten fresh from the pot, most root crops thrive when sown outdoors, the seedlings thinned, and crops watered regularly. Choose deep pots to allow space for roots to develop.


The long roots of carrots grow strong and straight in stone-free compost and their feathery leaves also look decorative in containers. Choose pots or growing bags that are at least 10in (25cm) wide and deep, and ensure drainage is good. Sow seeds every few weeks from early spring until late summer, either with quick-cropping early cultivars (round-rooted and short types do well in pots), or larger, slower maincrops which keep well. Depending on the shape of the pot, sow seed ½in (1cm) deep, in drills 6in (15cm) apart, or scatter thinly across the compost. 

How To Plant

  • Large, deep containers, such as these bags, are ideal for growing carrots. Ensure that the compost surface is level and make a shallow drill about ½in (1cm) deep, sow seeds thinly along it, cover with compost, and water well.
  • When the seedlings have their first divided leaves, thin them to about 2in (5cm) apart, either by pulling them up between your fingers or snipping off the plants with scissors at soil level. Remove and compost all thinnings.
  • Carrot flies fly close to the ground and can be prevented from reaching your crops by creating a barrier with fleece that, together with the pot, is 24in (60cm) high, or by lifting the container the same height off the ground.

Aftercare and Harvesting

Once the first divided leaves appear, thin out seedlings to allow the remaining plants space to grow. Water consistently, but don’t overwater as this causes leaves to grow at the expense of roots. Avoid carrot fly attacks by raising containers off the ground or creating a barrier. Harvest carrots from 12 weeks after sowing by pulling them gently from the compost.

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