This variety is one of the sweetest carrots on the market! The deep orange
roots of Tendersweet are top quality, great tasting and super for
cooking! Easy to grow and care for!
Average: 75 days
Detailed planting instructions:
Plant in spring, 2 to 3 weeks before last frost, ½ inch deep, ½ inch
apart, in rows 12 to 24 inches apart. Deeply worked soil with fine,
weed-free seedbed will greatly improve chances of successful crop.
Carrots are slow to germinate (1 to 3 weeks), and often
germinate unevenly over a period of several weeks. To speed germination,
water lightly daily if soil is dry.
Thinning is critical to reduce competition from
neighboring plants. Thin to 1- to 4-inch spacings (depending on size of
root desired) before plants are 2 inches tall. Cutting rather than
pulling reduces disturbance of the remaining plants.
To improve germination in dry weather: Make a small
furrow, about 2 inches deep. Plant seed and cover with about ½ inch of
soil. Cover furrow with a board to retain soil moisture until seeds
Tip: Sow radishes in the same row. They germinate
quickly, break the soil crust, and mark the row. Thin and/or harvest
radishes before they compete with carrots.
Use seed tape or pelleted seed for more even spacings
and less thinning. Or mix seed in roughly equal proportions with sand,
fine vermiculite, or dried coffee grounds.
Mulch to keep soil cool, conserve moisture and to keep
exposed "shoulders" from turning green and bitter. Another option is to
hill soil over the shoulders.
Make additional plantings every three weeks through
midsummer for continuous supply and fall harvest. Sowing in very early
spring is possible, but some varieties will bolt if temperatures are too
cold. Plant crops for fall harvest about 10 to 12 weeks before first
Root quality is best when soil temperatures are 60 F to 70 F. The shape
of the root is determined within the first few weeks after germination
when the new plant extends its taproot deep into the soil. If it
encounters obstacles (such as rocks or high water table) or is damaged,
shape and quality of the root will suffer.
To prevent diseases, don't plant carrots in the same spot more than once every 3 years.
Begin harvesting carrots when they turn bright orange (normally 60 to 80 days after planting, depending on the variety).
Because all sizes of carrots are edible they can be
harvested over a long period of time. One of the main benefits of
growing carrots is that they will remain fresh in the soil for many
months, even after the tops have been killed by frost. If your garden
soil is well drained you can keep carrots in the ground and covered with
leaves or straw until the soil begins to freeze.
Picking a small amount of carrots for a family meal can be
done with a small hand trowel being careful to stay far enough away
from the plant as to avoid damaging the carrot itself. Harvesting
carrots on a larger scale can be done by using a pitchfork or shovel and
dig alongside the row. Be careful not to stab or cut the roots of the
carrot. Pull the tops up and shake the soil off the roots. Storing
carrots is easily done and if done properly they will stay fresh up to 3
to 4 months. Simply wash off all excess soil and place them in airtight
containers or plastic bags.
To harvest your carrot seed, keep an eye on the umbels of flowers, and
cut them off with pruning shears as they start to turn brown and dry. If
you have plenty of plants, just save seed from the first and second
umbels of flowers to appear on each plant, as these will give the
biggest and best seed. Dry the seed heads further inside, and then rub
them between your hands or in a sieve to separate them. You will notice
that the seeds have a 'beard' which is removed in commercial seed to
make them easier to pack.
You can sieve the seeds further to remove more of the
chaff, but there is no need to get the seed completely clean - just sow
slightly more thickly to allow for the chaff mixed in.
Dried carrot seed is relatively short lived, but if it is
stored somewhere cool and dry, it should give good germination for 3
years. Seeds can be safely stored for at least three years. Place seeds
in jars, manila envelopes, cloth or mesh bags, plastic containers, or
foil envelopes. The best containers are air-tight, such as a sealed
glass jar, metal can, or foil envelope. Protect seed from sunlight.Store
seeds in a cool (below 15 °C is ideal), dry location. Place the seeds
in a refrigerator for long term storage.
- Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
- Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
- Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
- Nutritional value: A excellent source of Iron, Calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and niacin.