Carrots, Scarlet Nantes

   Carrots, Scarlet Nantes

Heirloom. Organic. 68 days to harvest. Originally grown in the Nantes region of France, this variety was popularized in the United States in the mid 1900's and continues to be enjoyed today for its tasty and quick maturing roots. Scarlet Nantes is a carrot with bright orange, slightly tapered, 6 inch roots; crisp, tender and flavorful; standard for high quality carrots. Scarlet Nantes Carrots have a sweet, fine flavor and attractive appearance that has proved to be exceptionally popular.

Planting Scarlet Nantes Carrots While starting seeds of the Scarlet Nantes Carrots is not necessarily difficult, the right conditions will make the process successful.  Most gardeners sow Scarlet Nantes Carrots Seeds directly in the ground in the spring when the threat of frost has passed. Keep the ground moist but not wet for the first couple of weeks. Pick a sunny, well-drained spot for planting for the best performance. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position.  Heirloom / Open Pollinated Scarlet Nantes Carrots are cool weather loving plants that prefer well drained loose soil and an even amount of water. Plant heirloom Scarlet Nantes Carrots in rows or hills but make sure the soil is well warmed. Plant seeds 1/4" deep. Plant Scarlet Nantes Carrots in full sun. Germination should occur in 5-10 days in soil 70-85°F. 

In rows thin plants to 3-5" apart. Height: 5”   Spacing: 12-18 inches between rows Depth: 1/4  inch Germination: 5-10 days

Starting from Seed Indoors

Generally, carrots are sown directly into the soil.  I have never started carrots indoors because the harvest will be short so there is no need to start the seeds indoors. You can grow several crops during a season.

Direct-seeding into the Garden

Turn over the area you've selected to a depth of approximately 2 inches. Rake the area until it's level and smooth. Water the area until the soil is damp but not saturated. Scatter the seeds in the row. Gently rake the area to distribute the seeds further and protect them from birds. Or, press the seeds into the soil and cover with no more than 1/4 inches of soil. You can also place 2 to 3 seeds every 3 to 4 inches in rows approximately 12-18 inches apart, and cover seeds with 1/4 inches of soil. Place planting stakes around the area so you will know where to water. Check on your seeds about once a day. Make sure to mist the soil whenever it appears dry. Germination for the Carrots is approximately 5 to 10 days, depending on the warmth of the soil. Some gardeners like to plant the Carrots in small hills (down a row). 

Germination Problems

Growing plants from seeds successfully depends on a lot of factors and this makes it impossible to guarantee success on every batch of seeds planted.  Factors include, soil composition, PH, temperature, moisture levels, seed depth, soil density, seed viability, seed storage and many others.  We tested the germination of all our seeds and this seed variety is around 80%, but your results may vary based on exactly how you plant and all the environmental factors.  Good luck.