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Organic Carrot Seeds::Organic Main Season Carrots::Organic Interceptor F1 Hybrid Carrot

Organic Interceptor F1 Hybrid Carrot  Organic Interceptor F1 Hybrid Carrot - Long and slender! A true cut and peel Imperator-type carrot. Coreless roots have a dark orange interior and will grow to 12" or more in proper growing conditions. Roots stay slender even with low density plantings and will not crack. Relatively short tops with some resistance to leaf blights. Suitable for mechanical harvesting. Good resistance to storage diseases such as Pythium Crater Rot and Altenaria Black Rot. A real standout. (Daucus carota)

Days to maturity: 120-125 days
SKU Description Our price
2329A 250 seeds $2.75
2329M002 2 M $12.10 ($6.05 per M)
2329M010 10 M $21.45 ($2.15 per M)
2329M025 25 M $45.00 ($1.80 per M)
2329M100 100 M $165.00 ($1.65 per M)
2329M500 500 M $797.50 ($1.60 per M)

Unit Size
Quantity
   
Item Code Variety Name Heirloom DTM Color Full Root Size Root Shape Standout Characteristics
2328 Miami F1   60 orange 6" Nantes early or main season carrot with stout roots, sweet carroty flavor, attractive tops and excellent storage capacity
2320 Red Cored Chantenay 65 orange 6" Chantenay good carrot for heavy soils, wide shoulders and heavy taper with rounded tip, sweet old-fashioned flavor, fine grain texture, sweetens with storage, great for soups/freezing/canning/storage
2340 Scarlet Nantes 65 orange 6-7" Nantes bright color, old-fashion carrot flavor, fine-grain texture, small-medium tops, great for gardens
2291 Resistafly F1   68 orange 6-8" Nantes slender, attractive cylindrical roots with great crunch and healthy tops; resistant to Carrot Root Fly, improved over Flyaway F1
2331 Necoras F1   68 orange 7-9" Nantes storage carrot, slightly tapered with nantes tip, similar flavor to Yaya F1, vigorous leave replacement, high tolerance to Alternaria, produces reliable crop
2323 Atomic Red   70 red-orange 8-10" Imperator color retained when cooked, sweetens when cooked, great performance all seasons but best for fall plantings
2330 Danvers 126 70 orange 7-8" Danvers stocky with up to 2" shoulders, deep and bright orange, tops are rugged and show disease resistance, good to can/freeze/store/juice, heat tolerant, thrives in any soil type, great all-round carrot
2324 Negovia F1   80 orange 7-8" Nantes uniform, great flavor, stand-out for sweetness and texture, upright strong tops, good for mechanical harvest
2329 Interceptor F1   120-125 orange 12+" Imperator coreless, cut and peel carrot, roots remain slender, will not crack, relatively short tops, some resistance to leaf blights, good for mechanical harvest, resistance to storage diseases, stand-out variety

Organic Carrots - Growing and Seed Saving Info

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Types of Carrots
Carrots are often classified by their root shape:
  • Nantes – Blunt tips; straight, cylindrical roots 5 to 7 inches long; sweeter than most other types; good raw eating.  Prefers loose soil.
  • Chantenay – Shorter than other types, stocky, taper to a rounded tip; rich, sweet flavor and good storage potential. Coarser texture than others.
  • Imperator – Long, tapered roots with stocky shoulders and strong tops; slightly fibrous texture. Stores well. Most common type found in groceries. Prefers deep, sandy soil.
  • Danvers – Shorter than Imperator varieties, thick-rooted cylindrical shape, widely used in processing, good for juicing. Stores well. Performs well in heavy, clayey soil.
Soil Requirements
Do best in fertile sandy loam, but will perform well under most conditions if appropriate varieties are chosen. For compact soils choose tapered carrots that can wedge their way into soils like Chantenays or Danvers types. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 55-75°F.
Bed Preparation
Best quality arises from raised beds, free of stones and debris. Imperator types should only be grown on raised beds that have 10-12” tilled zones.
Position
Full sun
Nutrient Requirements
Fertilize with the ratio of 1-2-2 (N-P-K) at the time of seeding and again when tops are 4-8". Potassium promotes solid, sweet carrots.
Seeding Depth
1/4-1/2”
Seeding Rate
For early small bunching: ~45 seeds/ft; For full size ~30 seeds/ft; For soup size or storage ~15 seeds/ft
Plant Spacing
Thin to 1-2" depending on desired size
Row Spacing
18-24"
When to Sow
Direct seed as soon as soil can be worked in the spring through mid-summer
Other Info
Weeding  shortly after germination allows slow-growing carrots to get a head start against fast-growing weeds.
Frost Tolerant
Yes
Drought Tolerant
No
Heat Tolerant
Prolonged hot weather in later stages of development may stunt growth, and can cause strong flavor and coarseness in the roots.
Seed Specs
11,000-37,500 seeds/oz (24,250 avg), 175-600M seeds/lb (288M avg) M=1,000
Seeding Rate
  • Early bunching carrot plant approximately 45 seeds/ft, 
  • Full sized carrots plant approximately 30 seeds/ft, and for
  • Storage varieties plant 15 seeds/ft. 
  • Early small bunching – 45M seeds/1000’(~ 1.9 oz), 1.4MM seeds/acre,(~ 5 lb), using ~45 seeds/ft, 18” row spacing;
  • Full size – 30M seeds/1000’,(~ 1.3 oz), 1MM seeds/acre,(~ 3.3 lb), using ~30 seeds/ft, 18” row spacing;
  • Storage – 15M seeds/1000’, (0.65 oz), 500M seeds/acre,(~ 1.7 lb), using ~15 seeds/ft, 18” row spacing. M=1,000, MM=1,000,000.
Seed Coating / Pelleting Info
Some of the hybrid carrot varieties we carry receive an organic film coating applied to the seed, which make the seed easier to see during planting.
Harvest
Harvest when carrots have appropriate coloring and flavor has developed. Carrots hold well in the field for up to 3 weeks in the summer and longer in cool conditions. Some varieties, like Napoli, may be over wintered outdoors or in the high tunnel for an early spring harvest. For storage carrots dig roots after frost but before ground freezes.
Storage
Store topped carrots in near freezing temperatures with high humidity. Unwashed carrots store just as well as washed but may stain during storage.
Pest Info
Carrot Weevil and carrot rust fly are common pests.  Floating row cover can be an effective control for the Carrot Weevil and Carrot Rust Fly. Other tips include delay sowing seeds until June to avoid the first wave of flies, as well as sowing carrots seeds thinly, as the carrot rust flies are attracted to the smell of bruised carrot foliage.  
Disease Info
Fungal leaf blights caused by either Alternaria dauci or Cercospora carotae can cause severe defoliation and greatly reduce yields.  White mold (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) manifests as a cottony white mycelium around roots and lower plant parts, usually late in the season. See Cornell University’s Vegetable MD Online for more information.
Other Known Issues
  • Misshapen Roots – In general, carrots do not grow well in heavy soils. Long-rooted varieties such as the Imperator types may end up twisted, stunted or forked in such soils when they hit clumps or rocks.  If you have heavy soil, add humus to loosen up the soil or grow shorter varieties, such as Danvers types.
  • Greenish Shoulders – When exposed to sunlight, the tops of carrots will often turn green. To prevent this from happening, hill up dirt around the tops of the carrots.




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