Carrots are gaining demand each and every day in the Kenyan market. It is important therefore for farmers to venture into the project and gain much from the farming of carrots. The following set of information provides the detailed information about carrot growth.
They can be grouped as fresh market for example the chantenary and nantes .Oxhart is another major variety that is grown mainly for the feeding of livestock.
It does well in a wide range of attitudes from 0-2900m above sea level. Requires cool temperatures to warm as very high temperatures may result in the production of pale and short roots. They do well in places that have adequate moisture with a rainfall of about 750-1000mm that is well distributed throughout the year. Deep fine tilth and well drained soils free from obstacles.
Seed bed should be well dug to a depth of about 20cm.Soil clodes should then be broken to give a very fine tilth.Manure should not be applied as it it induces forking and that reduxes the quality of the crop.
Field management practices
The following are the major practices that take place in the carrot plantations
Control of pests
Harvesting and marketing
Carrots are mainly ready to be consumed after three to five months after planting is done. Harvested by simply lifting the plants out of the ground surface. It is used as a vegetable for flavoring foods.