Winter Carrot 'Elegance F1' - SeedDaucus carota 'Elegance F1'
Enjoy this winter vegetable for a long time
Winter carrot 'Elegance’ F1 hybrid (Daucus carota) is the champion of all winter varieties, having the highest resistance to frost. 'Elegance' F1 Hybrid is a very prolific winter carrot variety with a good flavour and a uniform shape. Remember that winter carrots take longer to mature than summer carrots.Show more
Show moreThe seeds do not require special preparation.
How to SowSow in the ground, preferably in full sun, from mid-April to May. Loosen the soil to at least 30 cm deep. Prepare a shallow groove 1 cm deep. Place a marker at the beginning of the row with the name of the variety. The carrot seeds are very fine (except pelleted seeds), mix with a little sand and using your thumb and forefinger sprinkle the seeds into the groove, try sowing as thinly as possible, at most 5 mm deep. With your fingers gently cover with the soil from the grove. Press the soil lightly and sprinkle with water. Recommended spacing between rows: 20 cm.
From mid-January, sow seeds in boxes under glass. Fill trays/boxes with good fine seed compost, mix the seeds with a handful of dry sand and spread them at regular intervals over the compost. Then cover the seeds with a layer of the compost (5 mm or less), lightly press the compost, sprinkle with water and cover with glass. Place the trays/boxes in the light, at room temperature. Once the seeds have germinated, remove the glass plate. Seeds germinate in 6-14 days. Approximately 2-3 weeks later, the seedlings can be thinned and planted out (about 2 cm apart). They must be planted with the root straight down. Do not wait too long before planting as the carrot has a tap root and when they are too long, they are more difficult to plant.
Show moreThere is no need to add extra fertiliser... your carrots do not require it. Water more often during dry periods. Keep the plot weed free as this helps to promote the growth of the roots.
HarvestingThe smell of slightly damaged carrots during harvesting attracts the carrot fly. To prevent damage to the harvest, harvest the entire row and not be tempted to pull a handful of carrots every few days. It is best to harvest with a fork. Simply place the fork along the plants and lift the earth to release the carrots. Winter Carrots can be harvested from autumn until the moment it starts freezing.
Show moreCarrots are orange which is the colour of the Netherlands ‘Royals’. In the 17th century, ships of the VOC brought back with them a purple carrot discovered in Iran. The Dutch market gardeners, very patriotic, multiplied trials, successfully, to give an orange colour to carrots. There is a range of various colours: red, white, yellow.. . Seedlings are tolerant to a little frost, which is not the case of carrots that are already formed, they must be harvested before the arrival of the first frosts.
How to useCarrots store well for at least ten days in the fridge, they are also suitable for freezing. You can cook them with potatoes, but do not cook for too long as they are best when the roots remain firm. Cooked in a Wok, sliced carrots are delicious. Carrots are popular and healthy eaten raw in salads and are packed with vitamins, minerals and carotene which is a good antioxidant! Clean your carrots under running water by scrubbing with a nail brush.
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