Considered a gourmet carrot for the processing and fresh carrot industry. Little Finger is a fast growing nantes type cylindrical carrot with blunt roots that can be harvested at 50 days when 3-4 inches long. Like Nantes the tops are short and weak and can easily break off if you are pulling them out by hand. The roots are brittle and may break unless you harvest these with care. For all their faults, when you sow these early so you get to harvest the roots before summer’s high temperatures that will stress carrots or wait until late summer to plant your crop, you will find these so sweet and delicious.
600 seeds (15ft row)
Packet will plant a 15 foot row (600 seeds)
You can sow carrot seed around the average last frost date; mid April in zone 7 and continue to sow seed every 2-3 weeks through the summer until late summer for production from early summer into early winter. You will have plenty of carrots over a long harvest period by succession planting.
Sow the seeds in drill where they are to grow thinly at a rate of 40 seeds per foot and cover the seed with 1/4 inch of fine soil. Do not allow the soil to crust or dry out during the critical period of carrot germination. Carrots are slow germinators and also slow in their seedling growth. They do not compete well with weeds. A single row of carrot will be easier to weed than broadcasted seed. The best carrots grow rapidly in potassium rich soils rich in trace elements. Manures and high nitrogen compost can interfere with the root quality. Drought and other stress conditions delay growth adversely and affect the crop. Carrots need several hours of full sunlight day.
A late crop of carrots heavily mulched will allow you to harvest the roots into the winter. They can also be stored as a “root cellar” crop where winters are too cold.
To produce a seed crop you will have to overwinter the roots either by mulching them in the field or moving them to a cold, frost free area until they can be planted in the spring (they are biennials and take two years to flower and seed. Carrots will cross with each other as well as Queen Annes Lace. The showy row of carrots planted for seed in bloom is a sight to behold. A large root is capable of producing a bushy tall plant with lots of seeds early in the second year. Wait till the umbels fold inward and turn brown to remove from the plant. When dry rub the seeds free of the stems.