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Carrots split down the side


 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:15 pm    Post subject: Carrots split down the side Reply with quote

What causes carrots to split down the side resulting in a V shaped groove. It happened to my mothers.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe that can be caused by too much fertilizer (especially manure) put on too soon before planting. It has to be well rotted and applied well in advance. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I believe that can be caused by too much fertilizer (especially manure) put on too soon before planting. It has to be well rotted and applied well in advance.


OK, Thanks, I knew that caused them to fork, but wasn't sure about the split, I suppose it's from growing too fast.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

splitting in carrots has two causes imbalance of fertilizers nitrogen/potash ratio toohigh. other reason is shortage of water causing skin to harden and when this is followed by a spurt of growth the skin bursts, too much fresh manure can cause forking and may make the splitting more serious.
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