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BML

  • Joined Dec 2010
Carrots germination.
« on: August 02, 2011, 12:01:21 pm »
I am going to plant some carrot seed but wonder hwo long it will take to germinate in this heat and should I keep the seed bed moist.

Dan

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Re: Carrots germination.
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2011, 01:05:10 pm »
They should germinate within 10 days at this time of year, and yes, keep the soil moist but not wet throughout.

BML

  • Joined Dec 2010
Re: Carrots germination.
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2011, 05:24:39 pm »
Many thanks.

Plantoid

  • Joined May 2011
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Re: Carrots germination.
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2011, 12:15:05 am »
For a quick start .. bung some KY gell(  A desset spoon or more )  in a corner of a soft poly bag and add all your seeds you intend sowing , mix them in gently .
 Bung them in the airing cupboard and they should have started to sprout by day four .
 Add a bit of water to the bag  , make a balloon ,  shake gently to free up the seeds and dilute the gel a bit , snip off a small corner to make a 2 mm hole then gently squirt the pre chitted seeds direct into a dampened seed line .
 do it as thinly as you can .
Cover with sifted dry sand/soil to a depth of 3 mm .

 This should cut the growing time for the carrots by at least a fortnight . I say KY jel for it's easy to get and is sterile but does not contain any fungicides or preservatives that would kill of the seed germinations.

 If it is dry keep watering the sownings. don't thing the young plants in day time do it towards the evenijg if you must thin them  as carrot fly will seek out the plants , don't leave thinnings  in the area or on the open compost heap for the same reason.
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