Daucus caro

Caravel F1 Carrot

Days to Maturity: 80 days

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Note: This variety has a germination rate of 73% with a 10% overpack.

Fast growing, cylindrical roots with blunt tips and sweet flavor.

Strong healthy tops make this an excellent variety for bunching in the field. Can also be grown for large, topped wholesale carrots. Roots are smooth and clean, making for efficient processing and excellent visual appeal.

  • Main season
  • Fast growing
  • 7-8" Nantes-type
  • Hybrid

Note: This variety has a germination rate of 73% with a 10% overpack.
11-31M (18M avg) seeds/oz, 175-500M (288M avg) seeds/lb. M=1,000. 1/32 oz approx. 550 seeds. Direct seeding rates: Baby, 40 seeds/foot in rows 12-18" apart. Bunching, 30 seeds/foot in rows 12-18" apart. Storage, 15 seeds/foot in rows 12-18" apart.

Cultural Info

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 Nutrients and 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.

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.

Seeding Depth


Plant Spacing

Thin to 1-2" depending on desired size

Row Spacing


When to Sow

Direct seed as soon as soil can be worked in the spring through mid-summer.

Other Considerations

Weeding  shortly after germination allows slow-growing carrots to get a head start against fast-growing weeds.


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.


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.

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