Had to do some research today to learn what's going wrong with these carrots.
Why Carrots Crack If your carrots are cracking, the malady is likely the result of inadequate environmental preferences; water needs to be exact. Carrot roots need moist soil, but don’t like to be waterlogged. Moisture stress not only results in cracking in carrot crops, but may also cause underdeveloped, woody, and bitter roots. The cracking of the roots occurs after a time of a lack of irrigation and then a sudden onslaught of moisture, such as a downpour after a period of drought.
How to Prevent Cracking in Carrots
Along with consistent moisture, growing the perfect, or almost perfect, carrot also requires healthy, well-draining soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
What Causes Deformities in Carrots?
The appearance of stunted and split carrots typically has the gardener wondering what causes deformities in carrots. Deformed carrots are not only caused by poor soil but may also be from the activities of root knot nematodes or a disease called Phytoplasma aster. Nematodes are nearly invisible soil organisms with feeding activity that can cause nodules to form on plant roots. Since the carrot is the main root of the plant, these nodules distort and deform the vegetable. Phytoplasma aster is a disease introduced by leaf hoppers and among the list of common carrot problems. The disease can survive winter in weeds and then transfer to other plant hosts. When carrot roots develop excess furry roots on the main root and the foliage turns yellow, pull the plants. This disease will spread. It’s best to avoid planting in that area for at least a season unless you solarize and sterilize the soil. Control leaf hoppers and nematodes with natural bacterial agents, such as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Read more at Gardening Know How: Deformed Carrots: Reasons For Distorted Carrots And How To Fix A Carrot Deformity https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/carrot/fix-deformed-carrots.htm
Read more at Gardening Know How: Why Carrots Crack: Tips For Preventing Cracking In Carrots https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/carrot/preventing-cracking-carrots.htm