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PlantFiles: Carrot
Daucus carota 'Nantes Half Long'

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Daucus (DO-kus) (Info)
Species: carota (kar-OH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Nantes Half Long

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mcgerm On Aug 25, 2009, mcgerm from Galesburg, MI wrote:

I never have much luck with carrots, but I always keep trying them. In late-May I carelessly spread two packets of seed over the area where some spring lettuce had just finished, and to my surprise I just picked a half-bushel of carrots in mid-August. I steamed some the day I picked them to go with a dinner for friends. The hit is usually my famous London Broil, but the carrots stole the show!

Positive dmj1218 On Mar 6, 2009, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a pretty good heirloom carrot; as with all the heirloom carrots, they taste better if picked when small.

Positive dave On Apr 2, 2003, dave wrote:

As carrots go, I think that the Nantes carrots are the best you can get, in terms of flavor. They are shorter than many other varieties, and are not tapered. The color is a deeper orange and the flavor is a very strong "carroty" flavor.

Texas A&M reports that Nantes holds up against heat better than most other carrot varieties, although I cannot verify this.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Galesburg, Michigan
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Houston, Texas

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