Carrots ‘Nantaise’

Nantes Carrots are almost perfectly cylinder-shaped, almost the shape of a sausage.
Common name : Carrots ‘Nantaise’
Scientific name : Daucus carota 'Nantaise'
Family : Apiaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Perennial
Nantes Carrots are rounded and wide, and a deep orange colour. They are crisp, and have a sweet, mild flavour with a fine, tender core. They are more popular in Europe than in North America. Though the flavour has been praised in North America, they are not grown commercially : they tend to split or crack when machine-harvested, and don’t ship very well.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

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

Identify my carrots ‘nantaise’

Dacus carota are annually cultivated perennials with compound foliage. Each foliole is divided up into many points. It flowers with white umbels during the summer. Rabbits are crazy for them, but even your kids will want to come to the vegetable garden with you — washed with water, they're fresh, crisp and packed with vitamins... Yum!

Sow my carrots ‘nantaise’

Carrots 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 ‘nantaise’

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 ‘nantaise’

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

Water my carrots ‘nantaise’

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 ‘nantaise’

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 ‘nantaise’

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

Remove my carrots ‘nantaise’

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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