Carrot 'Nantes' Seed Tape
Price for Package of 1m (75-100 seeds).
Seed tapes are an easy way to sow carrots
without struggling to handle the small seeds, or the need for thinning out. Simply roll out these tapes of pre-spaced seed in a moist, well prepared seed drill. This fast maturing selection is ideal for early sowings under glass in late winter for your first crop of the year. Carrot
‘Nantes 2’ produces blunt tipped, medium length roots of about 15cm (6") long. This virtually coreless variety has a rich orange colour and sweet crunchy taste. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 15cm (6").
How To Sow
Direct sow carrot
seeds outdoors from March to July. Early varieties may also be sown from February to March in greenhouse borders or under cloches. Specific autumn sowing carrot
varieties can be sown as late as October under cloches for an early crop in spring. Grow Carrots
in a weed free, sunny position in fertile, light, well drained soil. Carrots
dislike freshly manured soils so seed beds are best prepared in autumn, well in advance of spring sowings.
seeds thinly at a depth of 1cm (½in) in drills 30cm (12") apart. Germination will take 10 to 20 days. When large enough to handle, thin out the seedlings within each row to 10cm (4in) apart. Where space is limited, growing carrots
in containers will also produce a worthwhile crop.
Water well to encourage germination. Once germinated, carrots
should be watered only when necessary to keep the soil moist as excessive water may encourage leaf growth instead of roots. During growth, the carrot
roots may be earthed up to prevent green crowns developing.
Cover later carrot
sowings with fleece or fine netting, and remove all thinnings from the site to minimise carrot
fly infestation. Carrots
can be harvested from July to December depending on their sowing
date. Early varieties may be lifted when required from 9 weeks onwards, while maincrops can be harvested after 11 weeks from their sowing
date. Pull a single carrot
first to assess the size of the roots. If the soil is dry, lifting carrots
can be made easier by watering beforehand. Roots can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 4 months.