Atlas Carrot (70 Days)
The Atlas Casrrot is a Parisian market type for the gourmet gardener. Improved variety of the 19th-century Parisian Heirloom. Rounded roots flourish in heavy or shallow soils. Not enough space in the garden? Grow in a container, (we’ve even heard of someone growing these in a gutter garden). Keep well irrigated as drought stress can cause elongated roots. Steam or roast whole. Be creative, the Atlas Carrot can be made into a beautiful decorative garnish.
Germination: 6-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures are 60-85ºF. The cooler the soil the longer it takes for germination, up to 3 weeks.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep
Sowing Outdoors: Start 3 weeks before the last frost into mid-summer. Sow lightly, thin to 1-3” apart. The larger the carrot variety the more space is needed between them. The soil moisture should be maintained regularly until germination, letting the soil dry out during this period may result in lower germination.
How much does a packet plant: 10-12 foot row
Harvest: Start when carrots reach finger size for baby carrots. Carrots planted for summer harvest will hold in the ground for a few weeks but tend to split if they stay in the ground too long. Late-season carrots hold longer and become sweeter in the cooler weather.
Tips: Using a row cover helps to maintain moisture for germination. The Atlas Carrot prefers loose soil, free of rubble. Use the shorter varieties for heavy soils. Keep well-weeded and cover any exposed carrot with soil or mulch to prevent greening. An excess of nitrogen in the soil causes the roots to become hairy.