Vegetable Seeds Catalogue

Carrot

Sds/g: 600-900                    Feed Requirements: Low                                   Usual Seed Life: 2-3 yrs

 

Cultural Notes:

  • Carrots are a great crop for the home grower as they produce great yields per square metre of space, they taste crisp, sweet and fresh. Additionally, they are packed with lots of nutrition (they are an excellent source of antioxidant compounds that help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer and also promote good vision. They are the richest vegetable source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes and have high levels of Vitamin K). Plant seed into a part of the garden that was well fertilised for prior crop as soil that has too much nitrogen will cause the roots to put more effort into leaf growth than go searching for food, resulting them to fork or not form long roots and diminish their flavour.
  • Work the soil well up to 30 cm, clods will also cause forked roots. If you have clay closer to the surface than this do not mix the clay with the topsoil, try planting varieties with small or medium length roots.
  • The hardest part is getting the fine seed to germinate as they are slow to germinate (10-21 days) and must be planted close to the surface, making mid to late summer sowings even trickier. We find it best to plant seed mixed thoroughly with finely sieved dry compost (once wet after sowing the organic matter will retain moisture longer) and sprinkled along furrows 6-12mm deep. The seed/compost mix also helps space the seed much more uniformly. It is important not to let the soil surface crust over as the seedlings will have trouble breaking through, in early spring when there is good moisture in the soil you have less problems germinating seed but in summer we find that by laying hessian or timber planks over the seed rows helps keep the soil to remain moist. Remove the hessian or planks as soon as the first seedlings emerge (and keep an eye out for any slugs that may also be loving the moist conditions!).  
  • Thinning is vital for uniform and full grown carrots, give between 3cm (baby) and 8cm for larger rooted varieties. Sow an extra few meters or rows in late January to mid-February of a winter holding variety if you want to store carrots in the ground to harvest over winter.

Problems:

  • Mound soil over orange crowns to help if rats and mice in over winter crops are a problem.

Harvest:

  • Harvest carrots as needed. A friend of ours uses the leaf like a parsley in carrot and orange soup. Over-wintered carrots will need to be harvested before the carrot even thinks about going to seed otherwise they will be woody and taste horrid.

Sowing periods

Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Mar 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to May 30th
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Feb 1st to Nov 30th
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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Daucus carota var. sativus

A great smaller style carrot that produces an early yield. This variety has excellent sweet, orange roots that are cylindrical with a thin core, making them super tender. One of the best baby or ‘finger’ carrots. A good variety for sites with heavier soils or a shallow top soil. Suitable for freezing. 1,000 seeds.

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Daucus carota ssp.sativus

A carrot as white as snow!! This carrot has a mild sweet flavour and is almost coreless. When mature it grows to about 20 cm long, it is also suited to baby carrot harvesting as it has a very crisp, delicate flavour. The shoulders can get a green tinge if out of the ground, hill up if this is not wanted. 400 seeds.

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Daucus carota var sativus

Wow man. Blow your friends away with this example of how carrots looked before they were bred to be orange. This 15-18 cm totally purple-skinned carrot with a yellow-orange core and long, cylindrical shape has a sweet and spicy taste raw or cooked. About 250 seeds.

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Botanical Name
Daucus carota ssp.sativus

This French variety produces many, small, round carrots up to golf ball size. A fast maturing type very easily grown in shallow soils. Great for children's vegie gardens. Carrots do best in fertile, well drained soil, but do not like fresh manures. In summer they require plenty of deep watering. Good companion plant with peas, lettuces and onions. 500 seeds
 

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Botanical Name
Daucas carota ssp. sativus

A large, bright orange carrot with lots of flavour. This very sweet and juicy variety will mature in 10-15 weeks. Carrots do best in fertile, well drained soil, but do not like fresh manures. In summer they require plenty of deep watering. Good companion plant with peas, lettuces and onions. 600 seeds

 

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Botanical Name
Daucus carota ssp.sativus

An old fashioned, golden yellow variety with a greenish core producing very large but tender and juicy roots. Carrots do best in fertile, well drained soil, but do not like fresh manures. In summer they require plenty of deep watering. Good companion plant with peas, lettuces and onions. 300 seeds

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Botanical Name
Daucas carota ssp. Sativus

A carrot for all the seasons! A popular orange variety that grows to 22 cm long, with a tapered end. Large, crunchy and full of flavour – just what you want from any home grown carrot. For winter eating sow in late summer or early autumn in a well-drained soil/position to prevent the roots cracking. Has good disease resistance. 800 seeds.

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Botanical Name
Daucus carota var. sativus

CARROT ‘Deep Purple’ F1 Daucus carota var. sativus

A carrot that is purple all the way to the core. Most other purple carrots have just purple skin or flesh, not this one it’s purple through and through. A sweet carrot that retains its colour though the cooking process. Beware though a purple carrot soup is a site to behold!! Treated seed. 200 seeds.

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Botanical Name
Daucas carota ssp. sativus

A smooth skinned carrot with plenty of crunch & a sweet flavour. One of the earliest & most popular med-long sized carrots. Young carrots are tender and can be used as ‘baby’ carrots. Early Nantes crops well in all soils, even in heavier soils it will produce a long orange root provided the soil does not dry out. Fork soil over well for best results. 700 seeds.

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Botanical Name
Daucus carota var. sativus

A 15-20 cm dark-purple carrot with an orange core. Crisp and crunchy with a sweet flavour that would even help clear the haze from Jimi H’s eyes. A long carrot, thick at the top, tapering to a point. Strong growing and holds well in the ground. Great raw or cooked (colour fades when cooked). Treated seed. 200 seeds.

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Botanical Name
Daucus carota var. sativus

Liven up your dinner plate and wow your worms with this fabulous mix of colourful carrots. These carrots come in a mix of orange, red, yellow, purple and white. Slice, dice, grate or even juice them for a colourful palette. All varieties have great flavour. 200 seeds.

1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Daucas carota ssp. sativus

An old time favourite with gardeners as it is reliable, produces a good yield and has a sweet, crisp flavour. Use them fresh or cooked. The roots are bright orange, cylindrical with a tapered end. They average 15cm long. About 500 seeds.