Carrots ‘Colmar'

An old French variety.
Common name : Carrots ‘Colmar'
Scientific name : Daucus carota 'Colmar'
Family : Apiaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Perennial
Easy go-to carrots for the winter garden, but also a great selection for multiple seasons. Colmar have a deep red-orange colour and conical roots that grow 11-12 inches long and resist splitting while waiting to be dug. Hefty, broad roots are sweet and delicious.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 20 - 40
pH 7

Identify my carrots ‘colmar'

The carrot 'de Colmar', also called "winter carrot" produces large, almost smooth roots, with red and sweet flesh. It is easy to keep during all winter.

Sow my carrots ‘colmar'

This variety can be sown in rows starting in April and throughout the summer. Plant in open soil, where the earth is deep, cool, sandy and exposed to the sun. Water after sowing. You may seed starting at the end of February/beginning of March under a greenhouse tent or cold frame for an early harvest. Quick note! Carrot seeds are very small... Mix them with a bit of sand to help sow them more evenly. Another thing! Mix in some radish seeds too! The radishes will grow more quickly, giving the young carrot sprouts a little shade and then leaving them space one they're harvested!. They'll also keep red spiders away!

Thin out my carrots ‘colmar'

Thin out your seedlings! Make two separate passes, keeping one plant every 3 cm when the little plants are 3 cm high, then keep one every 8 cm once your carrots each have three leaves. They should be the size of a little finger.

Mulch my carrots ‘colmar'

After thinning your carrots, mulch them to limit weeding and watering.

Water my carrots ‘colmar'

Outside of sowing time, watering isn't needed, with the except of periods of prolonged drought! Water the seeds with a fine mist to avoid overly dispersing the seeds or damaging the plants. Watering at the height of summer may prove necessary in case of serious heat — water seldom but heavily, this will stop the roots from growing "crossed'.

Check on my carrots ‘colmar'

Two parasites to look out for — first, carrot flys, whose larvae dig and tunnel into the roots. Keep them away by seeding your carrots near onions, garlic or other Alliaceae. During humid periods, fungual alternariosis may attack the foliage and cause it to rot. Treat with Bordeaux mixture.

Harvesting my carrots ‘colmar'

Harvest your carrots as you need them, before flowering. Use a gardening spade so you don't break them.

Remove my carrots ‘colmar'

Your carrots were all harvested and you harvested the seeds? Now you can tear them up to make room for a new crop, if needed! Otherwise, leave them in the ground until next season.

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