Royal Chantenay CarrotThe shorter, blocky shape of the Royal Chantenay Carrot makes these carrots ideal for growing in heavy or shallow soil. Carrots are dark orange color, with a delicate taste and aroma. It s ripens quickly in 70 days.
From the Chantenay region of France, Chantenay is a favorite for carrots due to its denser and tougher roots. Royal Chantenay seeds were first sold commercially in 1952.
The origin of carrots is somewhat unclear, but it is known that it has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The 19th-century seed specialist Louis de Villemorin introduced French carrot varieties such as Nantes and Chantenay, named after their origin. After World War I, carrots became trendy in the United States.
How to grow Royal Chantenay Carrot from seeds:
- Sowing: A variety of this length of carrots prefers loose soil, then they can reach their maximum size. The soil should be prepared 3 weeks before the last spring frost and planted at 45 degrees F. These short, stocky carrots can grow even in heavy soil. Build a towering mound about 8" wide in a row. Sow Royal Chantenay Carrot seeds on top of it and cover it with 1/4″ of very loose soil. Maintain a constant moisture level. In cоoler climates, sow more seeds every 3-6 weeks for a consistent harvest. Warmer climates may be limited by sowing fall crops as carrots cannot tolerate excessive heat. Aromatic herbs and onions are companion plants for carrots and repel the carrot fly and its larvae.
- Plant Spacing: 4″.
- Growing of Royal Chantenay Carrot: If the seedlings are 2″ tall, carefully thin them to 2-4″ apart. The furthеr they are from each other, thе larger they will grow. Keep the soil constantly moist. Cоver them with mulch to keep them tender when the carrots begin to come out of the soil. Watch out for weeds, so they don't interfere with the growth of young carrots.
- Royal Chantenay Carrot Soil Requirements for: Light, well drained, sandy soil; pH of 6 to 7.
- Royal Chantenay Carrot Seeds Days to Germination: 14-21 days.
- Light Preference of Royal Chantenay Carrot: Full Sun.
- Life Cycle of Royal Chantenay Carrot: Annual.
- How and When to Harvest Royal Chantenay Carrot: You can harvest young carrots and fully ripe them when they grow larger. Royal Chantenay Carrot is ideal for juicing. For storage for the winter, cut off the tops and do not wash the carrots. Store in a warm, cool place. In wаrmer climates, leave the carrots in the garden with a thick layer of mulch over the winter.
- Royal Chantenay Carrot Days to Maturity: up to 70 days.
- Royal Chantenay Carrot's Seed Saving: Carrots tend to cross-pollinate with each other, so isolate the plant for seeds at least two miles from different varieties. In cold climates where the ground freezes, dig up the carrots before the first hard frost. Cut off the green tops and store the carrots at 35 degrees F in damp sand or sawdust during the winter, so the roots do not touch. Plant them again in the spring. A warmer climate allows you not to dig up vegetables, apply a thick layer of mulch. In spring, the top will bloom, after which it will turn brown and dry. Cut, dry, and remove any trash. Stоre the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to three years.
- Latin Name: Daucus carota
- Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season
- USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 20,000
- Planting Method: Direct Sow
- Sunlight: Full Sun
- Height: 18 Inches
- Color: Orange