Carrot Caracas. Thompson & Morgan is delighted to work alongside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to offer special seed collections to home gardeners. The Kew Collection and The Kew Urban Garden Collection have been specially selected by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
With its short conical roots, Carrot ‘Caracas’ is a good choice for growing on heavier soils, and ideal for sowing in containers as ‘baby’ carrots. ‘Chantenay’ types are increasingly popular in the supermarket but have been a gardeners’ favourite for years. The rich orange flesh of these coreless roots have an outstanding flavour, whether they are eaten fresh or stored for later in the year.
Height: 30cm (12″). Spread: 15cm (6″).
November – July
February – October
How to sow
Early maturing varieties:
Early varieties of carrot seed can be sown under cloches in March, or outdoors from April to July.
Should be sown outdoors from April to June.
Some varieties are suitable for forcing to produce an early crop. These can be sown under glass from November to February.
Direct sow carrot seed outdoors, in a weed free, sunny position in fertile, light, well drained soil. Carrots dislike freshly manured soils so seed beds are best prepared in autumn, well in advance of spring sowings.
Sow carrot seeds thinly at a depth of 1cm (½in) in drills 30cm (12″) apart. Germination will take 10 to 20 days. When large enough to handle, thin out the seedlings within each row to 5cm (2″) apart. Where space is limited, growing carrots in containers will also produce a worthwhile crop.
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