Seed Tape Carrot Red Cored Chantenay - McKenzie Seeds
Red Cored Chantenay Carrot
- Daucus carota subsp. Sativus
- Sweet and Crunchy
- 10 to 14 days to germination
- 60 to 70 days to maturity
- Companion Planting: Bush beans, pole beans, lettuce, onion, pea, radish, tomato
Red Cored Chantenay produces crunchy, sweet carrots that are excellent for dicing. Roots grow to be a reddish-orange with an indistinct core. This variety produces shorter and thicker carrots that grow to about 14 cm (5 1/2") long when mature. A healthy choice, carrots contain more vitamin A than any other vegetable and when raw, they provide important dietary fibre.
Please Note: Seed Tapes require consistent moisture to ensure best germination.
Preparation Ideas: Clean, peel and slice carrots. Bring 3 cm (1") of salted water to boil in a saucepan. Add the carrot slices. Return to boil, then reduce the heat and cover the pan. Cook until just tender, but not soft. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Drain and eat hot. For extra flavor add salt, pepper and butter.
4.5 meters (15 feet) - with 550 plus seeds
Planting Instructions: Sow outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Successive sowings can be planted up until mid-June for full sized crops – later plantings can also be done but carrots will be smaller.
Plant in full sun. Work soil well prior to planting as a softer soil allows roots to develop uniformly. Keep area free of weeds.
To reduce the work in sowing and thinning the carrot row, consider using Seed Tape which is a biodegradable product where seeds are already pre-spaced. Planting using seed tape is easier, accurate and no thinning required!
After planting, keep your carrot patch nice and moist to ensure better germination and to help young carrot plants emerge as sprouts will not push through dry crusted soil. Covering rows with finely sifted compost or potting soil is a great solution as they do not crust over like garden soil which can be very helpful in germinating the seed.
Excellent to be eaten raw, cooked or juiced, these easy to grow vegetables are an excellent source of beta carotene and Vitamin A.
Carrots can be thinned once they reach approximately 2.5-5 cm (1-2”) in height making sure to leave about 2.5-5 cm (1-2”) between plants. Water the carrots before thinning to make it easier to remove them. They can then be thinned again in another 3-4 weeks to leave approximately 4-8 cm between plants. Thinned out carrots at this “baby” stage can be enjoyed by lightly cooking and serving with butter, salt & pepper.
Carrots can sometimes push out of the ground when growing so keep a watch on them and hill up soil over exposed roots to prevent green tops.
The biggest reason for poor germination is lack of moisture. Moisture levels must be consistent from the time of planting and is essential for good root formation, texture and flavor. Be sure to continue watering during dry periods.
Poor germination can also occur when soil temperatures become too hot. Soil temperatures 27°C (80°F) and greater can stop seeds from germinating.
Harvesting and Storage
Carrots can be dug up after the first hard frost. They can be harvested at any size throughout the season but the flavor is best once they have turned bright orange.
Cut the green tops off approximately 1 cm (1/2”) above the crowns and store carrots in a cool, dark location or refrigerate to keep fresh.
It is a good idea to inspect stored carrots regularly to monitor any decay.
Companion Planting: Bush beans, pole beans, lettuce, onion, pea, radish, tomato