[Market-farming] carrots

Shoemaker, William H wshoemak at illinois.edu
Thu Jan 26 11:09:21 EST 2012

I always address these things first by remembering that these are living organisms. They have limited abilities but they can respond to their environments. Carrot roots are pretty dormant at 35 degF but they may be searching for moisture. The surface cells of the root may be getting a little too dry. They may be producing hair roots to find a source of moisture. That might explain why MAsteveINE's carrots aren't. They have moisture in the sand meeting the roots' requirements.


William H. Shoemaker

University of Illinois, Crop Sciences

St Charles Horticulture Research Center

535 Randall Road, St Charles, IL  60174

630-584-7254, wshoemak at illinois.edu<mailto:wshoemak at illinois.edu>

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Did you leave any in the ground? I would like to hear a comparison.

Mine, the few that were left, went in sand in a 5 gallon bucket, and though
 they are in good condition, there must have been a few worms started in them
as more and more of them are working their way up through the crop.

2008 crop canned in glass jars are keeping well;


How do folks keep carrots from sprouting roots?  I have mine at 35, in the dark.  They are already beginning to get hairy.  Bolero and Necoras, plus Purple Haze.  Not too many yet, but it is starting and I hoped to have them at market at least through March.

Beth Spaugh
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