Carrot Carvora Nantes


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Transplanting carrot seedlings, especially the ‘Carvora Nantes’ variety, requires careful handling due to their delicate roots. Carrots are typically direct-seeded because they have a long taproot that can be damaged during transplanting. However, if you’re working with carrot seedlings (which is less common), here are some technical specifications and guidelines:

Carvora Nantes Carrot Description

  • Appearance: ‘Carvora Nantes’ carrots are known for their uniform, cylindrical shape and smooth skin.
  • Color: Bright orange.
  • Taste: Sweet and crunchy, with a well-balanced flavor.
  • Length: Typically 15-20 cm in length.

Soil Preparation

  • Soil Type: Requires well-drained, sandy loam or loamy soil. Avoid heavy, clay-rich soils.
  • Soil pH: Ideal pH is between 6.0 and 6.8.
  • Preparation: Ensure the soil is free of stones and large clumps to allow unimpeded root growth.

Climate and Timing

  • Climate: Prefers cooler weather but needs enough time to mature before temperatures get too hot.
  • Sowing Time: In climates like South Africa, it’s possible to sow carrots at various times of the year, avoiding extreme heat or cold.

Transplanting Seedlings

  • Germination: Carrot seeds generally germinate in 10-20 days.
  • Seedling Age: Transplant when seedlings are young, typically 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 in rows, with rows 20-30 cm apart.
  • Depth: Plant at the same depth they were growing in the tray or container.

Watering and Care

  • Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist, especially during establishment and root development.
  • Thinning: If necessary, thin the plants to about 5-8 cm apart once they are established to reduce competition.

Pest and Disease Management

  • Pests: Watch for carrot rust flies, aphids, and nematodes.
  • Disease: Maintain good soil drainage to prevent fungal diseases. Crop rotation can help minimize disease buildup.


  • Maturity: ‘Carvora Nantes’ carrots typically take about 70-80 days to reach maturity.
  • Harvesting Sign: Harvest when carrots have reached the desired size, visible at the soil surface.
  • Method: Gently loosen the soil around each carrot and pull carefully.

Additional Tips

  • Transplanting carrots is generally not recommended due to the risk of damaging the taproot. Direct sowing is the preferred method.
  • If transplanting is necessary, using a dibber or similar tool to create a hole for each seedling can help minimize root disturbance.

Carrots are generally more successful when directly sown into the ground where they will grow to maturity, but with careful handling, transplanting young seedlings can also be effective.


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