Carrots 'Touchon'

Old French heirloom - of the Nantes type.
Common name : Carrots 'Touchon'
Scientific name : Daucus carota 'Touchon'
Family : Apiaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Perennial
Touchon is still one of the finest of the Nantes-type carrots. This old French variety is quick-maturing to about 6" long and 1" across.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
Granulométrie plants.granulometry_4
Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 20 - 40
pH 7

Identify my carrots ‘touchon'

Half-long and straight variety, rather classic and of average size.

Sow my carrots ‘touchon'

Sow this early variety from March to June for a summer crop in rows 25 to 30 cm apart with sunny exposure. If possible, use protection to keep the soil moist until seedling development.

Thin out my carrots ‘touchon'

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 ‘touchon'

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

Water my carrots ‘touchon'

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 ‘touchon'

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 ‘touchon'

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

Remove my carrots ‘touchon'

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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