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Supermarket carrots are frequently selected by retailers for their visual appeal and size. Which is why you don't often find Scarlet Nantes Carrots in the produce section of your local grocery store.
Scarlet Nantes Carrots are fairly short and stubby in comparison to standard classic varieties and also have a blunt tip - not the typical pointed one that you'll see bugs bunny gnawing on, and they simply aren't "cute" enough to display with the baby carrots.
Many Home gardeners are well aware that taste and texture take precedence over any eye candy. Scarlet Nantes is a consistent producer of crunchy sweet carrots favored by many seasoned gardeners. They date back to the 1850s in France and and have become popular around the Western World.
Germination - Carrots are notoriously slow germinaters.
Anticipate up to 3 weeks for seeds to germinate. 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 65-75 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 useable.
USDA Hardiness Zones 3- 11
Fruit Size 6-7" 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.