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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:02 pm    Post subject: split carrot. Reply with quote

When watering the allotment earlier we found one carrot seemed to have split (early nante). All the others seem fine, just wondering what could have caused split? Also is it possible others could split?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Monkeynic Smile

To the best of my (limited) knowledge splitting in carrots can be caused by either planting the carrots in soil that was recently mucled with rotted manure, or that has a lot of hard particles that the carrot root has to split around as they can grow through them (eg very stony soil). Either of these sound familiar?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I think I described it wrong, the root didn't split at the end, it was at the top almost like a rip. Still not sure thats described right. Almost like a wedge had been taken out.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's caused by suddenly getting lots of water after a dry spell - it suddenly expands and spits down the side.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks king carrot. Not much I can do then I guess just hope te rest aren't the same. Will it cause any problems with the in terms of eating, storage, etc?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can eat them but I wouldn't think they'll store well.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, looks like I'll be best pulling any damaged ones a few at a time. Thanks for the help. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Splitting in carrots can be associated with variety, Nantes types are more prone to it. Low levels of Potassium together with high levels of Nitrogen will make matters worse and all varieties tend to have some level of splitting when a period of rapid growth follows a cold slow growth period. Splitting does affect the keeping/storing quality but does not affect the eating quality.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael, hopefully it is just the one, but as these are for pulling and eating straight away I wont worry too much. We have Autumn kings and purple dragon planted for storage.
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