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Tendersweet Carrot (Heirloom, 70 Days)

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Heirloom pre-1936. According to the 1936 James Vick catalog, “Many of our customers who do not care much for carrots are enthusiastic about Tendersweet. Roots are long, tapering down to a blunt end and are reddish orange in color, and very uniform in size and shape. Popular with market growers because of the attractive bunch it makes.

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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Lee F.
United States United States
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Loved buying family owned seeds and doing starters in our house and transferring to our wood boxed beds. All of the seeds we purchased have turned into deliciousness on our nightly dinner table! Look forward to next years crops!

M B.
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Carrots are popping up in the Cold Frame

Great. I've been buying seeds from Pinetree for years...just the right amount of seeds for my garden. I planted carrots, beets, lettuce, radishes in the cold frame on April 4th. They have all germinated well. Spinach seeds from another company still haven't yet.

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What They ALL Say

I usually grow 2 or 3 different varieties of carrots every year. Gardening success always has so many variables, but the Tendersweet carrots were nothing short of outstanding when I grew them. They produced well and the size is, indeed, quite uniform. But What They ALL Say, when I share them with my friends and family is that they are the best tasting carrot they have ever eaten. I do not exaggerate when I say that, in some cases, they were eaten without being peeled--I confess, I did it, too. Cannot speak too highly of this variety. I am growing no other varieties this year and have planted extra rows.

Sets the Bar High

I have grown this carrot for 4 years, and am ordering more seeds right now because it puts other carrots to shame taste wise. I have grown many varieties, including the trendy pretty colorful varieties, but hands down, the crunch and unparalleled sweetness cannot be beat! Grow these! Dependable germination with fresh seeds, too. My 4 year old seeds had to be filled in!

Crescent City, CA
Great tasting carrot

Wonderful flavor, always impresses friends to taste great home-grown carrots. Very good keeper in the ground in our part of the country (coastal northern California).