Daucus carota (72 days) F-1 hybrid. Our enduring search for a Bolero-but-better fall carrot finally lead Fedco to the deep-orange prize. Naval never blinked in multiple year stare-downs with Bolero, tasting better both fresh out of the field and after long storage. It sports a refined slightly more slender and tapered Nantes form at 1" thick and 7–8" long, deep orange inside and out, and with healthy tall easily bunch-able tops. Delicious sweet full carrot flavor is paired with winning crunch: we had to hold ourselves back from eating all the samples intended for long-keeping comparison! Named for the town of Naval (pronounced nah-vahl) in the breathtaking Huesca province of Aragon, Spain. Intermediate resistance to ALTS, BR, TLS, PM, LR.
This seed has been coated by the supplier with an organic-certified coating that provides improved protection and ease of sowing. ④
2062 Naval - Organic
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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.