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Carrot 'Nantes'   

Daucus carota subsp. sativus

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Nantes is part of the Daucus genus and is a Carrot variety. Its scientific name is Daucus carota subsp. sativus 'Nantes'. Nantes is generally thought of as a heirloom variety. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Dark orange. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Kelly green colour.

Bright orange nearly core-less root to 17 cm, also good for juicing.

An annual, so it will last but a year in its native climate. Nantes is known for growing to a height of approximately 15.0 cm (5.85 inches).

France is believed to be where Nantes originates from.

Typically, Nantes Carrot is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Nantes have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Nantes

  • Full Sun

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Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Nantes is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will survive though longer winters with little or no damage. USDA Hardiness Zone 3 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Nantes requires a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 6.0 - 6.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Nantes from seed

Sow in deep, well-worked, stone-free soil after danger of heavy frost from spring to midsummer. Keep seeds moist after sowing directly. Can cover with hessian or similar until germination. Do not transplant, as crooked roots may result. Cultivate periodically or mulch to control weeds. Keep soil evenly moist.
Sunny spot. Thin to 20-50 mm and use thinnings as baby carrots.
Rotate crops to prevent disease build-up.

Look to ensure a distance 2.97 inches (7.62 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.27 inches (0.7 cm) deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Nantes about 14 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Nantes

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Nantes is a very hardy plant.

By our calculations, you should look at planting out Nantes about 14 days before your last frost date.

Harvesting Nantes

6-7" long, less than 2" thick.

Expect harvests to start to occur in early summer.

Nantes folklore & trivia

Originated in Central Asia. Used by ancient Greek physicians as astomach tonic,known in Roman times and widely used as a vegetable by the 13th century.

Other Names for Carrot 'Nantes'

Scarlet Nantes, Early Coreless, Nantaise