Carrots are annual crops that grow in the cooler months of the year. In mild climates like that of Southern California, you can grow carrots year-round with a bit of extra work. This particular variety is a classic carrot that produces tasty, reliable carrots. Ready in only 65-75 days, this finely flavored carrot does well as a bunching carrot and as a storage carrot. “Nantes” is a type of carrot distinguished by their blunt ends that do better in heavier, rockier soils. Our Scarlet Nantes carrots are selected specifically for their productivity in the less than desirable soils of the American southwest.
Suggested Planting Requirements: Carrots do best in light, aerated, and well-drained soil. We know that many gardeners and farmers do not have the blessing of such soils naturally. To get the best carrot production out of your garden or farm you need to cultivate the soil to create the lightest soils that you can. For Southern California growers, that may mean working the soil with a tiller to incorporate evenly into the soil large amounts of compost. The compost will help to hold in moisture and create a tilth that is suitable for carrots. If growing in a raised bed or a pot, use light potting soil. The more porosity that the soil is, the better the growth of a carrot will result. Direct sowing is recommended by most gardening books however, on our farm we transplant our carrots for perfect spacing and the best germination rates possible.
Growing Recommendations: Carrots need full sun and evenly moist soil for the best germination. In warmer months, they can tolerate moderate shade. During germination watering is critical and the seedbed must remain moist. During growth period water regularly, using mulch to retain moisture.
Harvesting & Storing: Carrots may be harvested at any desired size. Darker foliage will indicate larger carrots, which are generally sweeter due to the time to store sugars. Store in a cool area and avoid washing before storage to prevent rotting.
|Days to Germination:||4-20|
|Days to Maturity:||65+|
|Height at Maturity:||12″|
|Lighting Requirements:||Full Sun|
Package Weight: .5 gram
Approximate seed count per pack: 600 seeds
Area to sow: Approximately 28″ bed (this takes into account thinning)