Daucus carota (72 days) Open-pollinated. Who will have this dance? Our long-time Seeds line-stocker Gary Athenian will. He calls Rumba “the best carrot I’ve ever grown.” When he brought it to Nash’s Organic Produce in Sequim, WA, they admired its crisp texture and adopted it as their favorite as well, no small distinction as they breed carrots, their most important crop. Last offered by Johnny’s in 2005, Rumba has since been hard to find. A straight tapered 6–7" Nantes type that matures slowly and resists oversizing, it is great for fall harvest and winter storage. Its aromatic strong carrot flavor is admittedly not for everyone. Though Roberta also likes it, Gene and CR demured. But then again, not everyone can rumba. ①
2060 Rumba - 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.