(55 days) Open-pollinated. Heron happened upon this hard-to-find Euro specialty carrot in a Spanish seed catalog, where it was mysteriously the only carrot variety offered. We found out why when we sent some trials in 2014 to Detroit’s Lafayette Greens where it swept the hybrid and OP competition. Entirely coreless, of distinctive translucent pinkish-orange, Coral won again in our 2016 trial of potential Nelson replacements. Best picked promptly for tender finger-sized Early Nantes–type roots that taper to a semi-blunt tip. The mild sweetness is boosted by a notable aroma, described as “carrot perfume” by staff tasters. With the most upright tall tops of our summer carrot trial, Coral delivers a continental flair to your first picked bunches. NEW!④
Extra care and attention are needed to grow carrots from pelleted seed successfully. Not correctly using the pelleted seed negates the benefits that its higher cost reflects. Success will hinge upon being mindful of soil temperatures and maintaining proper soil moisture. We recommend soil temps of 65-75°. All carrot seed, and especially pelleted carrot seed, needs consistent moisture in order to germinate. A deep soaking of the planted area after seeding helps wet and break apart the clay pellet. Once the planted pellet is wetted and breaking down, it is of utmost importance to not let the soil dry out.
Commercial growers: Pelleted carrot seed is best used in conjunction with a precision seeder. The pelleted seed neatly fits into the singulation mechanisms of precision seeders to drop one seed at a time to a pre-set spacing. This minimizes the labor intensive thinning process, giving commercial growers added control over this high maintenance crop. It is recommended that growers use raw carrot seed if using anything but a precision seeder. Cover beds with row cover for 5-7 days, laid flat, to keep wind from drying out the soaked soil and the early stage emerging seedling.
Home gardeners: We recommend hand sowing seeds every 1" to reduce hand thinning. Lay wetted newspaper on top of the seeded area for 5-7 days to keep soil moist during emergence.
2029 Coral Pelleted
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⅛ oz packet sows 35 ft; 1 oz, 280 ft. 1 gram packet has more than 600 seeds and sows about 10 ft. Carrots average 18,000 seeds/oz with significant variations among varieties.
Culture: Very hardy. Early carrots can be sown by late April. Can take up to 3 weeks to germinate; keep rows from drying out for faster emergence. Sow carrots for winter storage in mid-late June. Thinning is critical: At 3" high thin to ½" apart, at 6" thin again to 1" apart. Minimal germination temperature 40°, optimal range 60–85°.
ALTS: Alternaria Leaf Spot
CLS: Cercospora Leaf Spot
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.