Carrot seed

Carrot

Growing suggestions for carrot seed

Direct sow carrot seed 1cm deep into weed-free soil with a fine tilth in drills 30cm apart, aiming for a seed spacing of 1cm. When the plants are 3cm tall, thin to final spacing. Cover early sowings with cloches to warm the soil.

Top tips: mix with some beetroot seed (which will germinate faster) to spot the rows for early weeding; cover with fleece or mesh to prevent carrot fly

Growing calendars

Veg

Carrot sowing calendar

Seed-saving

Carrot seed calendar

Crop facts

Carrots are of the species Daucus carota, which includes its wild relative, ‘wild carrot’ or Queen Anne’s Lace. Carrot plants were originally grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds – carrot seed has been found in Southern Germany and dated to 2-3000 BC. The root vegetable that we now know as carrot was not bred until around the first century in Afghanistan. The original colour of carrots was purple and yellow, with the bright orange cultivars not becoming common until the seventeenth century.

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    Carrot – Amsterdam Forcing (Organic)

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    Carrot – Amsterdam Forcing (Organic)

    A quick to grow and early maturing carrot, producing small, slender, cylindrical roots. This is a great variety for early or late cultivation under fleece or in a polytunnel. It’s a particular hit with children as it can be grown as baby carrot and is very sweet and crisp!
    (Approximate seed count – 400)

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  • Carrot - Autumn King

    Carrot – Autumn king (Organic)

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    Carrot – Autumn king (Organic)

    An RHS award-winning maincrop variety ideal for storage over the winter months. How could we not include Autumn King in our catalogue?! This is one of our favourite varieties, and certainly lives up to its name. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and is a firm favourite amongst both home and market gardeners.

    It produces conical roots up to 30cm long and with a deep organgey-red colour. It is sweet-tasting and delicious both raw and cooked.

    Autumn King is a great carrot for storage over the winter. To store the roots place them in containers in single layers between layers of moist (but not wet) sand making sure they do not touch each other. Place the containers in a cool place and check the roots periodically over the winter and remove any that show signs of mould or rotting.
    (Approximate seed count – 400)

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  • Carrot - Nantes 2

    Carrot – Nantes 2 (Organic)

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    Carrot – Nantes 2 (Organic)

    Fast maturing carrot perfect for early sowings. Originally from France but grown in this country for decades as a kitchen garden favourite, this is a classic carrot variety of the half-long type, as they say. Reaching up to 17cm in length and 3-4 cm in diameter, it is a sweet, bright orange, blunt, cylindrical root, round at the top and bottom. It has fine texture and delicate flavour with almost no core. It is ideal for early sowings but can delight you with a tasty crop throughout the year as well.

    Perfect all-rounder carrot, that does well as bunching carrot, juiced, sautéd, frozen, grated into a salad or just straight from the ground which is when they taste the best, we think.
    (Approximate seed count – 400)

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