Early Nantes, organic seeds

Eco Heirloom variety

Information

Is an old reliable Nantes sort for plots and hot-beds. It grows well in heavier soils too. The crispy roots are evenly cylindrical, orange and almost lack marrow. Early Nantes can remain ready for harvest without cracking longer than many other Nantes sorts in our heavy clay soil. These carrots keep well for several months even into spring. Early Nantes. was introduced 1885. A portion contains about 500 seeds.


 

Product number:2115
Scientific name:Daucus carota ssp. sativus
Botanic family:The Parsley Family - Apiaceae
Organic:Yes
Days to maturity:62
Lifespan:Biannual
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:March–June/October–November
Sowing depth:1 cm
Germination time:7–14 days
Plant spacing:2–6 cm
Row spacing:20 cm
Height:30 cm
Plant location:Sun
Harvest/blooming:June–November
Seeds/g:600-1000 seeds
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice

Sowing

Sow when the ground frost is over and heat has begun to penetrate the soil (the warmer soil, the faster germination, at least 7°C) or sow very late in autumn! The seeds then germinate next spring. The seeds, which germinate slowly, can be pre-germinated by putting them in tepid water for 24 hours before sowing. Dry them off and sow! Watering the row before sowing is another way of facilitating germination.
Sow 1 cm deep and not too densely or the thinning becomes difficult. Do not allow a crust to form, or it will be difficult for the seedlings to penetrate the surface. Water!  

For a late harvest and carrots to store, they can be sown in June. 

Spacing

The early carrots need 1-3 cm of mutual space. Keep 35-50 cm between the rows and in beds 15-25 cm between the rows is sufficient.

Harvest

The first harvest can be done by thinning out! The small roots are delicious. 

Harvest the carrots as soon as they have developed a clear orange colour! Then they are tasty too. Early sorts are juicy and should not remain ready for harvest for longer than 3 weeks. They crack easily, especially if there is a surplus of nutrients and water in the plot. Sow fast-growing sorts successively instead! 

They can also be stored, but they need to be sown and harvested late. Leave a few cm of the tops at harvest and handle the roots carefully! Jolts diminish the keeping qualities of carrots considerably. Store them in sand, dry leaves, peat or saw-dust in a cellar. If the storage space is excellent they keep in sacks or boxes. Carrots winter the best at a temperature of 0-1°C and high humidity.

Seed

600-1000 seeds/g and one portion contains 500.