Daucus carota (56 days) F-1 hybrid. Aranka means ‘golden’ in Hungarian. The discontinuation of Nelson carrot was a loss felt by the early summer snacking and bunching crowd. But our Fedco motto for trialing is “Less mourning, more munching!” For five summers we’ve grown and eaten a lot of early Nantes/Nelson–class carrots. We found OP Coral, and now we are happy to offer hybrid Aranka! Bejo Seeds, who bred Nelson, packed many of the same excellent traits into Aranka: early orange crunchy sweet eating at 3–5" long. But Aranka’s similar short top is stronger and healthier, making harvest and bunching easier. Nelson who? ④
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⅛ oz packet sows 35 ft; 1 oz, 280 ft. 1 gram packet has more than 400 seeds and sows about 10 ft.
Carrots average 18,000 seeds/oz with significant variations among varieties.
Days to maturity are from seedling emergence after direct sowing.
Culture: Very hardy. Early carrots can be sown by late April. For fall crop or winter storage, seed in early summer. Minimal germination temperature 40°, optimal range 75–85°. Can take up to 3 weeks to germinate; keep rows from drying out for faster emergence. Thinning is critical: At 3" high thin to ½" apart, at 6" thin again to 1-2" apart.
ALTS: Alternaria Leaf Spot
PM: Powdery Mildew
BR: Black Rot
TLS: Target Leaf Spot
LR: Licorice Rot
ALTS shows up first on the oldest foliage as brown-black spots edged with yellow. Foliage blackens and shrivels as it develops and spreads. Maintaining a good crop rotation is the best preventive.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.