Ok...me again. I'm growing a few giant carrots also....any idea when they are done? How do you know when the undeground portion is at its maximum size? When a flower shows up is it done growing?.I know NOTHING about carrots ....S
Ok...I have the answer now...they are done when they start to rot. Had to pull them for that reason...largest carrot was......6lbs,6.4oz....and I left a few gloppy chunks in the planthole when I pulled it up.
This does not sound right to me you might try consulting a book on the subject giant vegetables.
Bernard Lavery was working for an Arab prince last I heard . you can get some of his varieties from "Thompson and Morgan" also check Ken Whealeys book "seed inventory " (latest year available) , and the U.S.A. germplasm GENE BANK ,SEED BANK ( I think it is www.ARS-GRIN.GOV ). Bernard Lavery's book "I can grow " will give you other help . good luck.
How to grow a giant carrot
You should always "dig in" any giant vegetable deep with lots of organic matter, take extra care over feeding, watering and pest control and, if showing, harvest at the very last moment for freshness.
Fill a 6in-wide 4 foot long drainpipe with clean fine sand. (Always be optimistic). Make a hole in the sand with a long pole and fill it with good potting compost. Sow three seeds in the compost and thin to the best one when they have germinated.
Water from the top for the first two months and thereafter from the bottom to encourage the roots to seek out moisture. At harvest time wash out as much sand as possible using a hosepipe before very gently pulling up the carrot. If you pull too hard you may damage the long tapering root. The longest carrot was grown by Bernard Lavery. 16 feet 10 1/2 inches. You can still purchase his book on Amazon "How To Grow Giant Vegetables" Good luck.
Here is a link that might be useful: Amazon books