Carrot, Short 'N Sweet
Bred especially for heavy or poor soil.
Easy to grow and full of vitamins, this rich, sweet flavored carrot has 4" roots that are bright orange to the center. It was bred especially for heavy or poor soil and can also be grown in large containers. Burpee Exclusive. GARDEN HINTS: Sow seed in deep, well-worked stone-free soil after danger of heavy frost in the spring. Do not transplant because crooked roots may result. A 1,500 seed packet sows a 40' row.
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How to Sow
- Carrots can be sown early, after danger of heavy frost is over. Sow every two weeks thereafter for continuous harvest, or simply sow a second crop in midsummer for fall harvest. In frost free areas, sow in fall.
- Carrots do not like to be transplanted and are best sown directly into the garden bed. Sow carrot seeds in deep, well-worked soil in full sun. Straight roots require soil that is light, loosened deeply, and free of stones, so prepare a carrot planting thoroughly. Consider using a soil amendment such as compost if your soil is heavy. If you choose long carrot varieties, your soil will need to be worked more deeply.
- Sow thinly in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ½ inch of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
- Since seedlings have fine leaves it may be beneficial to plant radish along with your carrot seed. The radishes will be harvested well before carrots form and act as a guide to the carrot row.
- Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
- Thin carrot plants to stand 1 inch apart when seedlings are 3 inches high.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
- Deep, consistent watering and soil well-enriched with compost help carrots form high quality roots by encouraging lush leafy tops that shade the roots, helping to prevent "green shoulders."
- Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- To make harvesting easier, soak your carrot bed with water before pulling. Twist the tops off while pulling the roots up.
- You can leave carrots in the ground after the first frost. In cold climates, pull carrots up before the ground freezes. In warm climates, you can harvest carrots all winter.
- Cut the greens off the top after harvest to about ¼ - ½ inches above the shoulder. This will help the carrot to keep longer as the greens can take moisture from the root.
- Carrots store best at 32-38 degrees F at 98% humidity.
- You can store them in the refrigerator in plastic bags, or they may be blanched and frozen for later use.
- Carrots may be canned or pickled as well.
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Carrot, Short 'N Sweet is rated out of 5 by 14.Rated 5 out of 5 by FoCoJo from Finally a carrot I can grow! I have a new garden (2 years ago it was lawn) with dense soil and have unsuccessfully tried several varieties of carrots. These grew and tasted great! I have recommended them to all my neighbors for their gardens.Date published: 2014-09-06Rated 5 out of 5 by Wryter from Best Carrot I've grown yet I usually just plant heirlooms, but this hybrid makes it into my garden every year for one reason. It's easy to grow and it tastes great. Yeah, i know, that's two reasons but they are good ones. My wife and I usually grow these in 16" wide containers or 5 gallon buckets and they do very well. This year I also tried Muscade (an African carrot said to do well in heat and drought and also to be very tasty) but they haven't yet produced an edible root. This fall and again next year I'm trying Touchon. Eventually, I'll find an heirloom that does well here. Meanwhile, I'll always plant Short 'N Sweet because I know I'll get a good crop. Kingman, AZ gets less than 8" rainfall per year, sits at 3500' and summertime highs are mostly above 100 with 109 or higher not uncommon. Winter lows rarely get below freezing but can drop into the high teens briefly.Date published: 2014-08-15Rated 5 out of 5 by SStephens from Sweet little carrots I planted Short and Sweet as well as Caracas and both have been delicious! Easy to grow, 100% germination and perfect for containers! Will be planting both again as Fall crops in late August! Great little carrots, no pests, no problems at all!Date published: 2013-07-18Rated 5 out of 5 by AuntKitty from Very Impressed I sowed these in the first weeks of November and was able to harvest at the end of March, after a very mild FL winter. I chose this variety because I use a 6" raised bed, go any deeper and you have sand. This was my first attempt at carrots and I would say they performed well. I plan on doing these again next fall.Date published: 2013-03-30Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Nice Little Carrot These are my first up (still waiting for short and sweet and others) and my first home-grown carrot ever. I thought they would be kinda not great since they are intended for poor soil. Not the case at all. Very, very tasty - very fresh and more tender than store bought carrots. Nicely sweet too. A HECK of a lot more flavorful than store bought carrots. Not bothered by bugs in my garden - at all. Great germination (need to sow more lightly next time because I had to pull out a whole bunch while thinning). I'm still waiting on harvesting the other carrots, but we are very pleased with this one.Date published: 2011-06-09Rated 4 out of 5 by Kristine from Enjoyed! The first year I planted I didn't thin like I should have and as a result none of the carrots go to the size they should have been. This year was better and I was rewarded with some bright, crisp, short carrots! Though I still think that I need to thin even more than I had. Trial and error, trial and error.Date published: 2010-08-02Rated 5 out of 5 by mommavet from great little carrot I planted some of these in a 4" deep raised bed, and was very pleased with the germination. They continuted to get thicker into the fall, not a lot longer than described, and the core wasn't bad. I finally pulled the rest from the bed after a couple light frosts and they were still fantastic.The carrots are suprisingly fragrant, and very sweet, nothing like the carrots you find in the grocery store. Great in stir fry, these definitely take more of a main role flavor wise instead of playing second fiddle to the other veggies. I planted the rest of my packet from last year this spring and the germination is still great, I'm looking forward to another great crop.Date published: 2010-06-08Rated 5 out of 5 by Beaker from Great for beginners These carrots are pretty short as their name says. I planted them last autumn and pulled them today and look fantastic. I didn't have any problems with pests or diseases so they get an A for easiness. They are also nice an sweet. I will definitely be growing these again.Date published: 2010-04-12