We Three Orange Mix


We Three Orange Mix


Which carrot to grow?  There are three basic kinds that are well suited to New England and the Mid Atlantic.  1) Chatenay (shorter roots, broad shoulders taper to a blunt, rounded tip, vigorous tops, store well, 2) Nantes ( cylindrical, short with a blunt tip, brittle with weak tops) and 3) Danvers (strong tops, conical long roots with a well defined shoulder, tapering to a point; developed in Massachusetts).  They are all sweet and each group has it’s modern selections including hybrids which have been developed no so much for flavor but for marketing uniformity.  In the long run these three are tried and true.  All in one packet.    
55- 90 days.  

600 seeds (15 feet row)

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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.