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Nantes Carrot (Heirloom, 72 Days)

French Heirloom 1850's. Roots are 1 1/2” x 6”. Color is reddish. A blunt ended, crisp carrot with a delectable flavor. Introduced into the US by the French company Vilmorin in the 1870’s. Names like Carentan and Touchon represent slightly different strains of Nantes favored in the area of these French towns.

300 seeds


Daucus carota

Germination: 6-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 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 last frost into mid-summer. Sow lightly, thin to 1-3” apart. The larger the carrot variety the more space needed between them. The soil moisture should be maintained regularly until germination, letting 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. Carrots prefer a 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 cause the roots to become hairy.


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These carrots (Nantes Heirloom) are the best we've ever had. We planted them in the fall under a cold frame for a winter harvest and they are so sweet and tender. Don't discontinue this carrot. Thanks

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Excellent..always a winner for me

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We mix vermiculite with the

We mix vermiculite with the seeds and then sow them in our raised bed We haven't harvested them yet but they usually do well. Would probably have liked a bit bigger package but guess we could have purchased two packages! We also like the Tendersweet carrots we sow in the fall for our overwintering carrots.


sweet and reliable

I've been planting with Pinetree for over 15 years, and there are a few items that have been in my garden every year. This is one of my favorites. When you taste this, you never want to buy a store-bought carrot again.

Bob D.
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Weather Permitting

I will inform you once the snow has diminished and the ground allows me to ********* its upper layer to plant the Nantes. The Alsa Craig and the Red Marble onions are growing but the Carantan Leeks never sprouted. There is no mention of the Ramps I ordered - I assume they are coming.