Carrot Scarlet Nantes


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Scarlet Nantes Carrot Description

  • Appearance: ‘Scarlet Nantes’ is a classic heirloom variety known for its cylindrical, straight, and smooth roots.
  • Color: Bright orange.
  • Taste: They are valued for their sweet flavor and crisp texture.
  • Size: Typically, they grow to about 6-7 inches in length.

Soil and Climate Requirements

  • Soil Type: Prefers well-drained, sandy or loamy soil. Avoid heavy, clay-rich soils which can hinder root development.
  • Soil pH: Optimal pH is between 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Climate: Cooler climates are ideal, but ‘Scarlet Nantes’ is adaptable to a range of conditions.

Sowing and Transplanting

  • Germination: Carrot seeds generally take 10-20 days to germinate.
  • Seedling Age for Transplanting: Transplant when they are 3-4 weeks old to minimize root disturbance.
  • Handling: Handle seedlings very gently to avoid damaging the taproot.
  • Spacing: Space transplants about 2-3 cm apart, with rows 20-30 cm apart.
  • Planting Depth: Maintain the same depth as they were in the growing trays.

Watering and Maintenance

  • Watering: Keep soil consistently moist, especially during early growth and root development.
  • Thinning: Thin the plants to about 5-8 cm apart once they are established.

Pest and Disease Management

  • Common Pests: Look out for carrot rust flies, aphids, and nematodes.
  • Disease Control: Good soil drainage is crucial. Rotate crops to prevent soil-borne diseases.


  • Maturity: ‘Scarlet Nantes’ typically take about 65-75 days to reach maturity.
  • Harvesting Signs: Harvest when the carrots are the desired size, visible at the soil surface.
  • Method: Loosen the soil around each carrot and pull out gently.

Additional Tips

  • Although transplanting carrots can be challenging due to the risk of damaging the taproot, it’s possible with careful handling.
  • Direct sowing is generally more effective and recommended for growing carrots.

As always, local environmental conditions such as climate and soil type can significantly influence gardening practices, so it’s advisable to adjust these guidelines to fit your specific conditions. Consulting local agricultural extension services or experienced gardeners can provide additional tailored advice.


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