Scarlet Nantes Seed Tape (2.5m) - 2/pk

SKU: CR298T $4.49 Size: 2 x 2.5m (6.5') rolls (approx. 430 seeds)

A seed tape version of this popular heirloom carrot! Scarlet Nantes is workhorse that is widely adapted and often out-performs some of... Read More

Exposure Full-sun

Matures in 65-70 days

Season Cool season

Seed type OP ?

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Scarlet Nantes Seed Tape (2.5m) - 2/pk

Product Details

A seed tape version of this popular heirloom carrot! Scarlet Nantes is workhorse that is widely adapted and often out-performs some of the more finicky Nantes hybrids. Expect great flavour and strong tops on 18cm (7”) carrots. They can also be harvested as baby carrots. 

1 pack includes 2 x 2.5m (6.5') of tape and contains approximately 430 seeds in total.

Start by making shallow rows in prepared soil. Unfold tape and separate the two strips. Place tape in the rows and water. Cover with 5mm (0.25 inch) of soil. Water well. Keep consistent moisture until seeds sprout in 14-21 days.

Matures in 65-70 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Seed tape for easy and simple sowing 
    • Selected for Northwest growing
    • Outperforms other nantes types
    • Strong tops have great flavour
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 65-70 days

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How to Grow Carrot Seed Tape

Step 1

Timing

Direct sow from just after the last frost date to late summer for harvests from summer through early winter. Sow at 3 week intervals for a continuous harvest. Direct sow winter-harvest carrots (where winters are mild) in the first two weeks of August. Optimal soil temperature: 7-30°C (45-85°F). Seeds may take as long as 14-21 days to germinate.

Step 2

Starting

Because carrot seeds are tiny, they need to be sown shallowly. The trick is to keep the top-most layer of soil damp during the relatively long germination period. Water deeply prior to planting. Unfold the seed tape and separate into two strips. Place the seed tape on the surface and lightly cover with soil, approximately 5mm (¼”) deep, in rows 30-45cm (12-18”) apart, and firm soil lightly after seeding. Make sure the seeds are only just buried. Water the area gently and keep it constantly moist until the seeds sprout.

Step 3

Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8.

The softer and more humus-based the soil, the better. When soil is dry enough in spring, work it to a fine texture. Broadcast and dig in ½ cup complete organic fertilizer for every 3m (10′) of row. Avoid fresh manure. Carrots will become misshapen, but still edible if they hit anything hard as they grow down into the soil. Keep weeded and watered.

Step 4

Germination

Days to maturity: From direct sowing.

In optimal conditions at least 60% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 2.4M seeds, per acre: 1,044M seeds. Rates are for raw, not pelleted seeds.

Step 5

Thinning

This is the process of removing some seedlings, if necessary, so each has enough space to grow in the row. It is very important to thin carrots so they don’t compete for available nutrients, moisture, and light. Thin to 4-10cm (1½-4″) apart when the young plants are 2cm (1″) tall. Use wider spacing to get larger roots. As they grow, carrots may push up, out of the soil, so hill soil up to prevent getting a green shoulder.

Step 6

Harvest

Carrots can be harvested at any size, but flavour is best when the carrot has turned bright orange (or its other mature colour). After harvest, store at cold temperatures just above 0ºC. Store in sand or sawdust, or simply leave carrots under heaped soil in the garden during the winter, and pull as needed.

Tips

Diseases & Pests

The Carrot Rust Fly – This pest lays its eggs at the base of the growing carrots. The larva of the fly chews tunnels and unsightly grooves through the surface of the root, causing rot. Unfortunately the damage isn’t just cosmetic; the activities of the Carrot Rust Fly larva changes the flavour of the carrot and makes it quite inedible. Use our floating row cover to keep the adults away from the carrots. Plant after the beginning of June to avoid the first and worst infestation period.

Wireworm – These are the larva of click beetles. They are about an inch and a half long, slender and reddish brown. When squeezed they turn as rigid as a wire, hence the name. Wireworms chew irregular holes through roots, making the carrots inedible. Wireworms prefer a moist soil so preparing your carrot bed so that it is well drained will help. Interplanting with mustard leaf is an excellent way to discourage wireworm damage.

Predatory nematodes are an effective control for both Carrot Rust Fly and wireworm. Apply generously in the spring when the larva of both pests is most active.

Companion Planting

Plant with bean seeds, Brassicas, chives, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, pole beans, radish, rosemary, sage, and tomatoes. Avoid planting with dill, parsnips, and potatoes. Carrots planted near tomatoes may have stunted roots, but will have exceptional flavour. Chives also benefit carrots.

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