Scarlet Nantes CarrotScarlet Nantes Carrot is a popular carrot variety with excellent flavor and texture. The bright red fruit with almost no pith and delightful taste ripens 70-80 days after sowing.
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 Scarlet Nantes Сarrot 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. Build a towering mound about 8" wide in a row. Sow Scarlet Nantes 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: 12 inches apart.
- Growing of Scarlet Nantes 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.
- Scarlet Nantes Carrot Soil Requirements for: Loose, loamy, composted, well-drained.
- Scarlet Nantes Carrot Days to Germination: 14-21 days.
- Light Preference of Scarlet Nantes Carrot: Full Sun.
- Life Cycle of Scarlet Nantes Carrot: Annual.
- How and When to Harvest Scarlet Nantes Carrot: You can harvest young carrots and fully ripe them when they grow larger. Scarlet Nantes 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.
- Scarlet Nantes Carrot Days to Maturity: up to 70 days.
- Scarlet Nantes 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 in a cool, dry place for up to three years.
- Latin Name: Daucus carota
- Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season
- USDА Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 19,000
- Planting Method: Direct Sow
- Sunlight: Full Sun
- Height: 16 Inches
- Color: Orange