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Thumbelina Carrots

Thumbelina carrots

Thumbelina carrots

Thumbelina carrots

Thumbelina carrots

Thumbelina carrots are adorable, delicious, and an All-American Selections (AAS) winner! They grow to about the size and shape of a golf ball, and there’s no need to peel them—just rinse them off and they’re ready! Perfect for snacks, salads, or to pop whole into a soup or stew. Because of its small size, Thumbelina is a terrific candidate for container gardening.

Sun Exposure

  • full sun (six to eight hours) to partial shade

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 2 to 10


  • thin to 2 to 3 inches apart
  • space rows 12 inches


  • 1 to 1.5 inches per week; don’t let soil dry out


  • direct sow; carrots do not transplant well
  • sow in late spring after danger of heavy frost is past
  • sow fall crop mid-summer in milder regions
  • good for container gardening or in areas with heavy or shallow soil
  • 70 days to maturity

Have you ever tried growing Thumbelina carrots? Are there any challenges you face growing them? Please tell us your best tips for growing Thumbelina carrots.


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