Here is a short and yet complete guide about carrot farming in Kenya. In this post, we’re not going to tire you down with carrot origin, health benefit, and what has you that kind of stuff.
We’re going straight to the specifics and carrot farming in Kenya’s requirements. Let’s do this.
Carrot Farming in Kenya- A Simple Guide
Where do I start to grow carrot seedlings?
You can either grow carrots directly on the field or in a seedbed first if you have time and like to do things in order.
How long do carrots take to mature?
Carrots take between 2-3 months to grow and mature and be ready for harvesting.
What is the recommended space for planting carrots?
Well, the space needed for carrots’ growth is dependent on their variety. However, it is advisable to allow a distance of 5cm between rows. And an area of 8cm apart in every direction with a minimum depth of 25cm for each plant.
Moving on, lets us take a look at the land requirements for carrot farming.
Carrot Farming Land Requirements
Carrots being root vegetables, are always favored by moderate soils that are either too acidic or alkaline. In other words, carrots do well in soils with a PH of between 5.8-6.5.
And just like any other vegetables, carrots love soils with plenty of Potassium and Phosphate nutrients.
But then again, you can supplement these nutrients to the crop by the use of compost manure. However, you have to prepare the soil six months before planting the seed. By doing this, you’ll be able to achieve an ideal PH of 6.
Well, things are moving on smoothly for us. Bearing this in mind, here are some quick facts about short faqs about carrot farming in Kenya that I think you should know too.
Okay, moving forward, let us look at how carrots in Kenya germinate and what they need during this crucial and yet important stage.
Carrot seeds need plenty of humidity to start germinating. In this regard, an astute farmer will wrap the seeds in a dump paper two days before planting.
When planting the carrot seeds, make a small furrow in the soil 1cm deep and then deposit 4-5 seeds every 2.5cm. Cover the trenches with the removed moist soil and wait patiently for the seeds to start growing.
It is worth noting that carrots take time to appear; you don’t have to despair if you don’t see changes immediately.
After the seeds have grown to a height of 2.5-3cm, remove the extra seedlings, and leave one carrot every 2.5cm. Remember, you don’t need a measuring ruler to do this 🙂
Repeat the above process after the growth has continued for some time. However, leave a distance of 8cm apart for each crop.
Carrot Farming in Kenya: Sun exposure and Irrigation
Carrots were previously grown in cold places, but they love the sun very much, just to let you know. So, it is advisable to grow carrots in areas with lots of sunlight.
As for the water, you always have to keep the soil moist and ensure that the water has penetrated deep.
To sum up, carrot farming in Kenya is a productive activity with a ready market. In short, when harvesting carrots, you should take care not to damage or break them.
Generally speaking, it is advisable to remove the carrots by hand from the soil instead of other farm tools.
However, if breakages occur as accidents do happen, it is again recommended not to store the damaged goods with the others ready for the market.
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