Originally grown for its fluffy green tops, the long orange roots of carrots have become one of the most emblematic vegetables gracing grocery stores, gardens, and gourmet restaurants. Bursting with vitamins A, K, and C, carrots are a nutritious and delicious snack for people of all ages. While the carrot is typically thought of as an orange vegetable, there are white, yellow, and purple varieties as well! Here at Mountain Valley Seed we carry a fabulous Rainbow mixture that includes all colors. Only want purple carrots this season? No problem! We carry seed for the infamous Purple Haze Hybrid—sure to rock out you garden and kitchen table. Love the classic seed varieties? Our heirloom Scarlet Nantes and Little fingers are the best of long and short orange varieties. Try them raw in salads or with dip, roasted, or steamed.
This root vegetable may take up to 73 day to mature. When fully grown, the flesh has a uniform interior color and is tender and very sweet. It stores well. Approx. 19,000 seeds/oz.
This carrot variety may take
70 days until harvest. Tendersweet is a coreless type of carrot that is good
for canning, juicing or eating raw. Similar to Imperator, but freezes
better. Approx. 19,000 seeds/oz.
This vegetable usually takes
about 95 days until it is ready to harvest. Recommended by Utah State University,
Scarlet Nantes carrots are sweet, plump, and coreless. Approx. 19,000
In 55 days, you will have
mature carrots ready for harvest! This tender and sweet midget variety can be
densely planted and produce a large harvest in a small amount of space.
Approx. 19,000 seeds/oz.
This vegetable may take up to 75 days to mature. AAS Winner.
Slender, tapered, 8 to 9 inch long roots are fine grained, sweet and tender.
Popular supermarket carrot. Approx. 19,000 seeds/oz.
70 days from panting this
root vegetable to harvesting. A kaleidoscope of five colored varieties of carrots. Great for
all specialty and farmers markets. Approx. 19,000 seeds/oz.
60 days is roughly the amount of time this vegetable needs to mature. This round
carrot is frequently used in containers or forced off season in cold frames and
tunnels. Also great in heavy soils
where long carrots are difficult.
This root vegetable may take
up to 70 days to mature. AAS Winner for 2006. Purple Haze is a new
imperator-shaped purple carrot for home gardeners. Sweet and delicious, this
carrot is best enjoyed raw as the purple color bleeds out when cooked.
Approx. 24,150 seeds/oz.
After you plant Scarlet
Nantes, it will take up to 95 days until it matures. Recommended by USU. Fine
flavor and attractive appearance make this 5 Â½ to 6 inches long cylindrical
carrot our most popular. Sweet, plump, and coreless. Approx. 19,000
65-70 days This colorful purple carrot is as nutritous as it is fun.
65-70 days This colorful red carrot is as nutritious as it is fun.
Carrots are best grown in a loose fertile soil. Where soil is rocky or compacted the soil needs to be amended with well-rotted compost that can be made yourself in a backyard composter. Be careful not to use fresh compost or manure as too much nitrogen will cause carrots to fork. Work soil deeply ( 6-8 inches) for varieties such as Scarlet Nantes and Danvers 126. You might also consider using shorter varieties of carrots such as Little Finger in rocky or more compact. The shorter variety can also be grown in containers where the soil can be easily made ideal as well.
Sow carrot seeds directly in the garden after the risk of a hard frost. When sowing carrot seed it’s advisable to spread the seeds sparingly as carrots planted too closely together will impede carrots from reaching maximum size. When the seeds emerge, thin the seedlings to ¾” and as they mature thin them to 3 inches. They take 2-3 weeks to germinate so don’t give up hope when it takes a while. Be sure to keep them well watered while you wait for them to come up. Patience will be rewarded. Carrots are usually harvested when carrots reach ¾ inches in diameter at the upper end. They can be harvested as they are ready but can be left in the ground for longer.