How to Grow Carrots Indoors

Would you like to grow carrots year round indoors? Here are a few simple tips from growing pretty, healthy carrots even right inside your kitchen window.

Mutant Carrot

Problem child carrot

Photo via Phoenix Dark-Knight

Growing beautiful carrots is all about the dirt. It needs to be rich but well-drained, but most importantly, soft. Carrots are roots, and the more stuff they have to grow around, the weirder they look. We didn’t do the best job ever outdoors this year, so I am planning on trying some indoors in the sunny kitchen soon. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Get yourself a pot or window box that is at least a foot and a half deep and wide with drainage holes at the bottom.
  2. Get yourself a nice humus-y potting mix. Leave about an inch at the top of the pot and water well before you plant the seeds.
  3. Get yourself some carrot seeds. I have been obsessed with Veseys carrots for a while. Here is their US site, and here is their Canadian site. Plant the seeds 1 inch apart in rows 6 inches apart. Pat the seeds gently into the soil and cover with a light layer of soil. Water gently.
  4. Find a window in your home that gets tons of light and park your pot there.
  5. To get your seeds to germinate, you have to keep them consistently moist, but not waterlogged, for about 2 weeks. Soak some peat moss in water overnight, and spread on top of the seeds to help preserve moisture.
Roasty Garden Goodness

One day of this summer's haul

Voila! Carrots!

Comments

  1. Very Informative. I’m curious how it went.. I just started gardening this year :-)

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Some went better than others, but had we thought about it earlier, we would have had a gentle fan on the seedlings to avoid dampening off, and to encourage them to grow stronger and less spindly.