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- Category: Vegetable
- Type: Carrot
- Variety: Scarlet Nantes
- Family: Carota
- Botanical Name: Daucus carota subsp. sativus
- Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
- Growing Difficulty: 4
- Soil PH: 7.0
- Fertilizer Requirements: 10-10-10
- Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining
- Germination (days): 8 to 10
- Soil Temp for Germination: 40-60°F
- Lighting Conditions: Full Sun
- Days to Maturity: 65 – 75
- Planting Depth: 1/2”
- Distance Apart (in row): 2"
- Row Spacing: 12"
DIRECT SOW WHEN SOIL TEMPERATURE IS ABOVE 40°F
DO NOT START INDOORS
Carrots like the Scarlet Nantes can be started 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost. Make sure to plant the seeds about 1/2in deep in a deeply worked soil that is fine in texture and weed-free.
We recommend planting carrots just 2 inches apart and thin to 4 inches once established (optional).
Commonly served fresh or steamed.
Once the top of the carrot turns a bright orange, it is ready to harvest. For a smaller and continual harvest, it is recommended to use a hand trowel to selectively harvest only a few carrots at a time.
If you have allowed the entire harvest to reach maturity at once, using a pitchfork and shovel is the quickest way to harvest your carrot crop. Insert the pitchfork at an angle beside your carrots (being careful not to pierce your carrots) and pry the soil upwards. This should break the soil up and expose your carrots.
Each carrot can produce over 1,000 flowers and seeds. A small crop in the beginning could produce thousands of carrots if you harvested all the seeds.
Because carrots are biennial plants, they will not produce seeds the first year and must be overwintered. You will harvest your carrot seeds the second growing season. Leave the largest and best appearing carrots in the ground over winter after their first season of growing.
Prune the tops in the spring of the second year to remove any dead or damaged sections of leaves. The seeds will mature about 4-6 weeks after the flowers are pollinated. Watch for seeds to turn brown and detach from the umbels. Cut stalks when about 80-90% of the seeds are matured. (The seeds nearest the top will be the highest quality)
Place stems upside down in a paper bag to dry for several days. Shake the stems inside of the paper bag to collect your seed stock. Store the seeds properly in a cool dry area for planting your next crop.