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Scarlet Nantes Carrot

Daucus carota
Long, uniform, tasty roots that are easy to grow and store. One of the oldest heirloom carrots; still around for good reason!

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This heirloom carrot originally from France has been improved in the U.S. over the last 50 years. It is now one of the most uniform and easy to grow open-pollinated carrot varieties. The rounded ends of the six-inch roots have even been known to grow well in heavier soils. Crisp texture, deep orange color, and good storage make this a home garden favorite.
Number of Seeds 500 seeds
Spacing in Row 2 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Planting Depth 1/4 inch
Days to Germination 10-14 days
Days to Maturity 68 days
Height at Maturity 4 to 8 inches
Width at Maturity 2 inches
Direct sow from mid-April until early August in friable, fertile, deeply worked soil. Choose your least weedy soil for carrots, as they are tricky to cultivate when young; carrots can take 10 days to germinate, and can be quickly choked about by weeds. Thin young carrots seedlings to 2" apart, then thin baby carrots by pulling out every other carrot, allowing the remaining carrots to grow to full size. While good carrots can be grown in any soil, they only grow to supermarket size in loose and deep soils without too many rocks. (Even if strangely shaped or undersized, their flavor and crunch is superior to store-bought.) Fall carrots can be stored in plastic bags in the refrigerator or in a root cellar for months. Do not store fresh carrots with the tops on, they draw water and nutrients from the roots. Rather, remove the tops after harvesting and use to flavor soup stock.

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