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Leaving Carrots for Two Years | From the Ground Up

A common question we lots of times get at
the extension office is, “what happens if I leave my carrots in the ground for more
than one year?” Well, you may not know, but carrots are actually
a biennial crop. That means that it takes two years for them
to complete their lifecycle. The first year they capture sunlight and use
that energy to build up a root reserve. And then in the second year, they actually
end up producing flowers, and then seeds that you can harvest for planting the following
year. It should be noted that if you leave them
for a second year, yes you get seeds, but the carrot itself is really large, and it
almost has a woody texture to it. So, if you leave them in the ground for two
years, yes you get a carrot the second year, but it’s going to be one that you probably
aren’t going to want to consume. So, as we can see from this example, it takes
up a lot of space within the garden. When we go to pull this carrot, it’s actually
quite large. It’s not going to be that traditional carrot
shape that we look for. And as we can see, it’s fairly hard and
woody and probably not going to be that great. For more questions regarding carrots or other
vegetables in your garden, contact your local extension office. From the University of Wyoming Extension,
I’m Brian Sebade, and you’re watching “From the Ground Up.”

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