Flowering Carrots

Flowering Carrots and What You Should Do

Last Updated on June 13, 2022 by Real Men Sow

This is not an uncommon occurrence. A flowering carrot is often a sign that the plant is dead and unfit for consumption. After a few seeds are planted, flowering carrots will start to grow.

Reasons Why Carrots Flower

  • Prematurely warm weather – Warm weather can trick the plant to put energy into the root rather than the flower, which will result in white flowers and inedible carrots. 
  • Carrots Left in the Ground for Too Long –  They can flower if left in the ground over winter and a mild spring follows, as this confuses the plant on its life cycle.

Carrots are biennials, this means that they live for two years. They grow in a vegetative stage with no flowers during the first season. After winter, they flower and release their progeny to the world for reproduction and regrow. Remember that there will always be some outliers in any package of seeds. They could be either duds, or they could bloom early, leading to a bolted carrot.

You can prevent your carrot plants from flowering by sowing them every few weeks throughout the season. This will ensure that some of them are able to withstand any weather changes.

Should You Cut These Flowers?

Do not cut or dig them up. They are past their harvest season and have moved into their reproductive stage. The mother plant then dies and the seed pods become dry to spread the seeds to the next generation (by the wind).

What You Should Do:

  • Don’t wait until the heat of summer for your next crop of carrots.
  • Let them reseed and you will hopefully have a good crop next season.
  • You can’t harvest your carrots now, if they are still in flower. They will  also taste bitter and unappetizing.
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