Carrot seeds Red St. Valery fodder carrot
Red St. Valery Carrot seeds
St Valery’ sometimes called new red intermediate carrot is a sweet variety of Daucus carota. It is among the members of family Umbellate. It is a very rare species and is often referred by common names such as James Scarlet. It is believed to have originated from France sometimes back in the 1600s. The plant gained widespread recognition in the 1880s and began to extensively grow to parts of America where James Vick introduced in the year 1885.
Saint Valery has an orange-pink colour, with a refined texture. It is also characterised by a complex flavour that is neither too sweet nor too bitter. It extensively grows up to 25 cm long and 5 cm to 8 cm broad with reduced thinness at the top. The plant produces fine leaves slightly above the ground that grow with time up to 50cm tall. Saint Valery carrots take 50 to 80 days to mature from time of propagation. It is easy to grow since it requires little planting tips.
The plant can be sown during the spring and summer months at 2-3 weeks intervals. The period before the frost fall is more appropriate for sowing. When the size of the crop reaches a finger size, it is harvested since it is enriched with good texture and flavour. During harvest, moistening soil is necessary to allow for easier uprooting.
Saint Valery does well in container gardens. For instance, carrots planted in February during cold season become ready for harvesting in months of June and July. Adding cloche over the soil a month before sowing help in warming up the soil which speeds up maturity. The performance of root vegetables is directly related to the quality of soil; and thus, land preparation. Ploughing should be done in late winter or early spring. Soil is then turned into a fine texture. Addition of manure is discouraged since makes the soil too rich for seeds.
This type of carrot is produced for private gardens and the market. Carrots thrive well alongside other plants such as garlic, rosemary and chives. Coriander, dill and other Umbelliferous family members should be sown far away from this species as they easily cross-pollinate the original seed.