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Carrot, Touchon

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HEIRLOOM. Sweet and tender, quick to mature.

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Touchon is still one of the finest of the Nantes-type carrots. The best for eating out of hand and free from hard fiber. This old French variety is quick-maturing to about 6" long and 1" across.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

65 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

6 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

3 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

4-8 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Container Vegetables - Carrots
Growing carrots in containers is easy in early spring and again in the fall.
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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.
Days To Maturity
65 days
Fruit Size
6 inches
Full Sun
3 inches
4-8 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
3 inches
Life Cycle
Carrot, Touchon is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get a touchdown with Touchon! I planted these carrots in a thrown-together small raised bed made of scrap fence pickets very late last season. The carrots apparently laughed at our ridiculously mild winter here in Oklahoma - though it got down to the teens - and when things started warming up? I was pleasantly surprised to see them take off again. Little did I know the small tops hid some BIG carrots underneath! In the middle of February? Couldn't believe it. Surely they would taste "weird." On the contrary! They were crisp and wonderful. A very mild, not-so-sweet carrot flavor that I really like. I planted a ton more in larger bed and can't wait to get more this spring. I'll replant in the fall for another surprise bounty like this year! Love this carrot!
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SWEETNESS Sweet Carrot very easy to grow
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2015-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2013-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by 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: 2013-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Do well even in our rocky soils!
Date published: 2013-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2012-05-12
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