Chantenay Carrots

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Chantenay is one of the four major groupings of Carrots, the others are Nantes, Imperator and miniatures.

Among the most popular strains are Red Cored Chantenay and Royal Chantenay. Royal is slightly longer than red cored Chantenay and does not have the taper. A few other strains of chantenay include Supreme Long Chantenay, Kuroda, a Japanese version and oxheart which is sometimes considered a chantenay, although horticulturists would beg to differ.

Red Core Chantenay is an old world heirloom that originated in France, although when is not exactly known. When fully mature it is has relatively large diameter and the carrot itself is a tad stubby at roughly 5 - 7 inches long. It does not actually have a red core, but it is a deep and consistently uniform deep orange color.

It is frequently harvested before it reaches its full potential, as it makes for a fine baby carrot. Older carrots are also known to develop a woody fibrous core and lose much of their appeal.

Chantenay Carrots of all strains are favored for winter storage qualities, they have a good shelf life and actually get sweeter when stored properly.

Germination - Carrots are notoriously slow germinaters. Anticipate up to 3 weeks. Also anticipate uneven germination over a period of a few weeks.

Direct Seeding is best, not transplants. Begin Planting seeds in early spring, 2 to 3 weeks before last frost. After planting, it's imperative that you keep the upper inch of soil consistently moist until the seedlings emerge. Carrot seeds have a vary hard coat that must be kept moist in order to soften them for germination

Carrot seeds will germinate in soil temperatures as low as 50 degrees, but in the vicinity of 70 degrees is best for quicker germination and less seed loss.

Maturity at 60-70 days.

Color -Deep Orange

Spacing - 2 to 4 inches apart. This is not always possible when planting seed so plan to thin your carrots as they emerge to attain adequate spacing. Allow them to attain a respectable size before thinning - some of the carrots you've removed should be usable.

USDA Hardiness Zones 3- 12

Size 5-7" Long X 1 - 1.5 " Round

Full Sun / Light Shade

Average Yields per Sq. Footage

Carrots are cold hardy and will survive fall chills, let some of your carrots stay in the ground until after the first frost. You'll find that the cool weather increases their sweetness.