HEIRLOOM. Sweet and tender, quick to mature.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
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.
Days To Maturity65 daysFruit Size6 inchesSunFull SunSpread3 inchesHeight4-8 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin3 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Carrot, Touchon is rated out of 5 by 11.Rated 5 out of 5 by Earl from SWEETNESS Sweet Carrot very easy to growDate published: 2015-02-19Rated 5 out of 5 by LizzieEmGee from Impressed! These are hands-down the best carrots I've grown. They are deliciously sweet, tender, and crunchy, even at the largest size. Just as an experiment, I left a few in the ground from my spring planting until late December. Some of them were down right enormous, but still as tender as can be! See the attached picture (ignore my Christmas glitter manicure). I grew these in a mixture of our native topsoil and compost (courtesy of yard waste, kitchen scraps, and our small flock of chickens). For me, there's no reason to grow any other variety!Date published: 2015-01-22Rated 4 out of 5 by HJoy from Reliable Carrot A nice reliable carrot, with a good solid top for easy harvesting. It could be sweeter, but trades that lack of sweetness for good solid growth and a massive girth if left in the garden long enough.Date published: 2014-09-05Rated 5 out of 5 by joeri from perfect carrot :) I was sowing these in mid-August. They germinated really good, and harvested a couple mid November. I harvested more yesterday (end December), and they were great! We have clay soil here (which I did loosen up a bit), and they did good! The carrots come in various size... But as I clean them, I eat the babies as snacks and keep the bigger ones... also for snacks :p Harvest keeps going on throughout the coldest winter months. In my garden next year for sure!Date published: 2013-12-31Rated 4 out of 5 by veggievirgin from Grew well I got some decent carrots with these seeds. They were not as sweet as I had hoped, but they did taste like carrots. Be sure to loosen your soil at least 12" deep before planting.Date published: 2013-12-25Rated 5 out of 5 by Bunzoid from Wonderful! Do well even in our rocky soils!Date published: 2013-01-06Rated 5 out of 5 by seednut from Super Carrots I grow this carrot every year. It is the most reliable for germination and growth in less than perfect soils.Date published: 2012-05-12Rated 4 out of 5 by Paula from Great Flavor My 11-year-old son and I planted these carrots together this past spring and harvested them today (about 4 months later). They are very easy to grow. Although we had a few very tiny carrots (which we fed to our rabbits), some of the larger ones were close to the size of store-bought carrots. The flavor is very sweet, not the "dirt" taste I remember from garden-grown carrots when I was a kid. We will definitely grow these again!Date published: 2009-09-07