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Carrot, Short 'n Sweet

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Bred especially for heavy or poor soil.

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Easy to grow and full of vitamins, this rich, sweet flavored carrot has 4" roots that are bright orange to the center. It was bred especially for heavy or poor soil and can also be grown in large containers. Burpee Exclusive. GARDEN HINTS: Sow seed in deep, well-worked stone-free soil after danger of heavy frost in the spring. Do not transplant because crooked roots may result. A 1,500 seed packet sows a 40' row.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

68 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

4 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

3 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

4-8 inches

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Container Vegetables - Carrots
Container Vegetables - Carrots
Growing carrots in containers is easy in early spring and again in the fall.
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How to Plant and Grow Carrots
How to Plant and Grow Carrots
Sweet crunchy carrots are a home-grown favorite of adults and children alike.
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  • Carrots

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: Apr-18 - Last Date: Jul-25
    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-17

How to Sow

  • Carrots can be sown early, after danger of heavy frost is over. Sow every two weeks thereafter for continuous harvest, or simply sow a second crop in midsummer for fall harvest. In frost free areas, sow in fall.
  • Carrots do not like to be transplanted and are best sown directly into the garden bed. Sow carrot seeds in deep, well-worked soil in full sun. Straight roots require soil that is light, loosened deeply, and free of stones, so prepare a carrot planting thoroughly. Consider using a soil amendment such as compost if your soil is heavy. If you choose long carrot varieties, your soil will need to be worked more deeply.
  • Sow thinly in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ½ inch of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Since seedlings have fine leaves it may be beneficial to plant radish along with your carrot seed. The radishes will be harvested well before carrots form and act as a guide to the carrot row.
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
  • Thin carrot plants to stand 1 inch apart when seedlings are 3 inches high.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Deep, consistent watering and soil well-enriched with compost help carrots form high quality roots by encouraging lush leafy tops that shade the roots, helping to prevent "green shoulders."
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • To make harvesting easier, soak your carrot bed with water before pulling. Twist the tops off while pulling the roots up.
  • You can leave carrots in the ground after the first frost. In cold climates, pull carrots up before the ground freezes. In warm climates, you can harvest carrots all winter.
  • Cut the greens off the top after harvest to about ¼ - ½ inches above the shoulder. This will help the carrot to keep longer as the greens can take moisture from the root.
  • Carrots store best at 32-38 degrees F at 98% humidity.
  • You can store them in the refrigerator in plastic bags, or they may be blanched and frozen for later use.
  • Carrots may be canned or pickled as well.
Days To Maturity
68 days
Fruit Size
4 inches
Full Sun
3 inches
4-8 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
3 inches
Carrot, Short 'n Sweet is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome carrots I planted on May, harvested in August. We planted one packet and had a ton grow! They were easy to grow and tasted great.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not germinate well- planted twice I only got one or two that germinated. I thought maybe it was weather/soil so I did it later in another location- same result. But, it seems I am the exception.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome for roasting I grew these in a raised bed with tomato plants and basil. They grew beautifully. I wasn't a huge fan of them raw, but the entire family LOVED them roasted. Cute, fat little carrots.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy to grow, disappointed by taste I am a novice gardener, admittedly, and this was my first attempt at carrots. I grew these in a raised bed, and as far as germination and growth I was super pleased. I planted them in one 4x4 bed, and harvested well over 100 carrots. Could have gotten even more if I had done a better job of spacing them (had to thin a ton of them as they developed, because I didn't space them very well). For the ease of growing, it gets three stars. No stars in my case for the taste. At the first bite, they were incredibly sweet, but almost immediately took on a strong turpentine flavor. So much so that they were inedible. I had friends and family try some just to make sure my palate wasn't off; unfortunately, they agreed. I tried cooking them in different ways (roasted, steamed, in soups) and the unpleasant flavor remained through the cooking in every case. The online research I did suggests that the turpentine taste, if present, is inherent in the carrot, and isn't really affected by soil quality. Nonetheless, I do wonder if it's because I used organic (expensive!) prepared soil, since the description of these seeds indicates they were developed for poor soil conditions? At any rate, I did not have the luck others did in the taste department. So, I'll try another variety this year.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a carrot I can grow! I have a new garden (2 years ago it was lawn) with dense soil and have unsuccessfully tried several varieties of carrots. These grew and tasted great! I have recommended them to all my neighbors for their gardens.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Carrot I've grown yet I usually just plant heirlooms, but this hybrid makes it into my garden every year for one reason. It's easy to grow and it tastes great. Yeah, i know, that's two reasons but they are good ones. My wife and I usually grow these in 16" wide containers or 5 gallon buckets and they do very well. This year I also tried Muscade (an African carrot said to do well in heat and drought and also to be very tasty) but they haven't yet produced an edible root. This fall and again next year I'm trying Touchon. Eventually, I'll find an heirloom that does well here. Meanwhile, I'll always plant Short 'N Sweet because I know I'll get a good crop. Kingman, AZ gets less than 8" rainfall per year, sits at 3500' and summertime highs are mostly above 100 with 109 or higher not uncommon. Winter lows rarely get below freezing but can drop into the high teens briefly.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet little carrots I planted Short and Sweet as well as Caracas and both have been delicious! Easy to grow, 100% germination and perfect for containers! Will be planting both again as Fall crops in late August! Great little carrots, no pests, no problems at all!
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Impressed I sowed these in the first weeks of November and was able to harvest at the end of March, after a very mild FL winter. I chose this variety because I use a 6" raised bed, go any deeper and you have sand. This was my first attempt at carrots and I would say they performed well. I plan on doing these again next fall.
Date published: 2013-03-30
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