How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Time to plant

Carrots are hardy and can tolerate light frost. Because of that, they can be sown several weeks prior to the last frost date if the soil is warm enough. The ideal soil temperature is around 72° F with germination in 6 to 14 days. Avoid planting where young plants are exposed to long periods of cold temperatures, which favors bolting.

Carrots are suitable for a small garden if compact varieties are grown. In a suitable climate, carrots can be planted more than once a year for a continuous harvest.

Planting Dates for Carrots*

California Direct Seed

North and North Coast
Monterey County north

Jan. - May
July - Aug.

South Coast
San Luis Obispo County south


Jan. - Sept.

Interior Valleys
Sacramento, San Joaquin valleys

Aug. - Sept.
Feb. - Aug.
Desert Valleys
Imperial and Coachella valleys
Sept. - mid Dec.
*Areas are large, so planting dates are only approximate, as the climate may vary even in small sections of the state. Contact experienced gardeners in your community and experiment on your own to find more precise dates.

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