Carrot Cape Market Chantenay


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Cape Market Chantenay Carrot Description

  • Appearance: ‘Cape Market Chantenay’ carrots are known for their broad shoulders and conical shape, tapering to a blunt end.
  • Color: They typically have a deep orange hue.
  • Taste: This variety is known for its sweet flavor and crisp texture.
  • Size: They are shorter and wider than some other varieties, usually around 12-15 cm in length.

Soil and Climate Requirements

  • Soil Type: Well-drained, sandy or loamy soil is ideal. Avoid heavy, compact soils.
  • Soil pH: Optimal pH is between 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Climate: Prefers cooler weather but is adaptable to a variety of conditions.

Sowing and Transplanting

  • Germination: Carrot seeds generally germinate in 10-20 days.
  • Seedling Age for Transplanting: Best to transplant when they are 3-4 weeks old to minimize root disturbance.
  • Handling: Handle seedlings gently to avoid damaging the taproot.
  • Spacing: Space transplants about 3-5 cm apart, with rows 20-30 cm apart.
  • Planting Depth: Plant at the same depth they were in their containers.

Watering and Maintenance

  • Watering: Maintain consistent soil moisture, particularly during early growth and root development.
  • Thinning: Thin the plants to about 5-8 cm apart once they have established.

Pest and Disease Management

  • Common Pests: Watch out for carrot rust flies, aphids, and nematodes.
  • Disease Control: Ensure good soil drainage and practice crop rotation to prevent diseases.


  • Maturity: ‘Cape Market Chantenay’ carrots typically mature in about 60-70 days.
  • Harvesting Signs: Harvest when carrots have reached the desired size.
  • Method: Loosen the soil around each carrot and pull out gently.

Additional Tips

  • Transplanting carrots is less common due to the risk of damaging the taproot. Direct sowing is usually more successful.
  • If transplanting is necessary, use a tool like a dibber to minimize root disturbance.

It’s important to remember that while these guidelines provide a general framework, local environmental conditions such as soil type, weather, and altitude can impact gardening practices. Adjusting these practices based on your specific climate and local agricultural recommendations is advisable.


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