Carrot Baby (Chantenay) Cascade F1

High quality roots with great vigour and a superb, sweet flavour. Their short conical shape makes as baby carrots. These carrots are also the perfect variety to serve glazed. Once cooked, just finish them off in a pan with some butter, honey and the ideal type to grow in patio containers and harvesting young

Growing Advice

Grow your own Carrot Baby seeds

Sow outdoors February to July. Sow thinly 1.5cm deep directly where they are to grow, in rows spaced 30cm apart or into large containers. Keep the soil moist and weed free at all times. Seedlings should start to appear approximately 14-21 days. If necessary thin the crop as it grows by taking roots evenly from the row. It is good practice to water well after thinning out, to wash any dislodged soil back around the roots of the remaining plants. Sow a new row every 2-3 weeks to extend your harvest period, ensuring there are always perfect, crisp young roots available.


Top Tips About Seeds

  • Once the seed packet has been opened, the seeds can be stored in an airtight container until required for further sowings.
  • Carrot seed are best used fresh so start again with a new packet each year. Although there are lots of seeds in a packet, repeated sowings through the summer is recommended, so they are unlikely to last more than one season.

Carrots can easily be grown in patio pots tubs, troughs and any other deep container. Ensure the compost does not dry out entirely and harvest them while young.

Keep well watered during dry spells as this will help prevent the roots from splitting. Carrot fly is the only common pest and if it becomes a problem can be prevented by growing plants under a fine insect netting and delaying sowing until May.

Harvest from May to November. Start to harvest them when 5cm long. If the roots lift easily then harvest alternate roots from the row, leaving more space for the remainder to grow on. On heavier soils it may be necessary to lift sections of the row with a garden fork. In both instances water the remaining roots well afterwards to replace any dislodged soil.


Ideas for using your carrot baby

Keep the soil moist as the seeds are germinating, if it dries out completely it will set them back. Carrots freeze well so chop up or grate any surplus and freeze for later use. Do not leave the tops of carrots or unwanted roots lying around after harvesting, the scent of them can attract carrot root fly. If they are a big problem try growing spring onions amongst the rows of carrots, it’s been proven to deter carrot root fly, or at least mask the scent of the carrots.