Updated on January 14, 2013
2013 Carrot, Celery, Celeriac, and Parsnip
Carrot culture: Plant early in the Spring and carefully weed for the best success. Keep moist when young as seedlings are prone to drying out. Soils rich in organic matter produce sweeter carrots. One packet should plant a 25 foot row (except for Dragon Purple). Carrots are generally classified as either Nantes types which are short, straight carrots that resemble fingers, Chantenay types which are blocky at the stem end and taper to a thinner carrot at the root tip, or Imperator types are long and skinny and usually 10 inches long or more.
Amarillo: 75 days. Bright yellow, Chantenay type, thick roots. Pkt. $2.00
Autumn King: 70 days. Stump rooted Imperator-type averaging 7 to 9 inches long. Good for winter storage. Pkt. $1.25
Brilliance: 75 days. Nantes type, blunt end, deep magenta orange, very bright colored. Pkt. $1.25
Coreless Amsterdam: 57 days. Very early Nantes type. Roots average 6" long and are very uniform and straight all the way to the end. Excellent for use as "Baby Carrots". Pkt. $2.00
Dragon Purple: 80 days. Chantenay type with variations. Unique color of deep purple shaded outer skin with rich orange inside. Good flavor. Developed by Dr. John Navazio. Pkt. $2.00 OG
Kuroda: 80 days. Chantenay type, heat tolerant, deep orange red, 7 to 8 inch tapered roots, good keeper. Pkt. $1.25
Merida: 85 days. A nice flavored longer Imperator type carrot. Excellent flavor and uniformity. Pkt. $1.50 OG
Oxheart: 80 days. A very short, fat carrot Chantenay type, suitable for heavy clay soils, but they do really well in our sandy soil also. (Unavailable for 2013)
Royal Chantenay: 70 days. Broad roots, Chantenay type. Tend to store better than Nantes types. Pkt. $1.00
Saint Valery: 70 days. Ten to 12 inch long roots, sweet, tender flesh with minimal core. Pkt. $1.50
Scarlet Nantes: 70 days. Six to 7 inch cylindrical roots, Nantes type. Nice, sweet, old-fashioned carrot. Pkt. $1.00; 2 Pkts. $1.75
Snow White: 70 days. Tender, snow white color, Chantenay type. Pkt. $2.00
Tendersweet: 75 days. Imperator type, 7 inch deep orange, coreless, 8 to 10 inch roots, good for freezing. Pkt. $1.25
Celery culture: See celeriac.
Giant Pascal: 110 days. Tall, nice, easy to grow celery. Large heart that blanches creamy white, tender stalks. Pkt. $1.25
Golden Self-Blanching: 110 days. Blanches to a golden color. Introduced in 1886. Thick yellow green ribs. Pkt. $1.25
Celeriac culture: Start indoors 8 weeks prior to setting out. Set out when still cool but no hard freezes are expected. I like to transplant under milk jugs which have had the bottoms cut out for a few days to harden them off.
Monstorpolgi: 100 days from transplant. Large, firm round roots with few side shoots. Pkt. $1.50 OG
Parsnip culture: Seed takes 2 to 3 weeks to germinate. Plant early in Spring, and let stay in ground to freeze at maturity for improved flavor. Dig in Winter or in Spring before they leaf out.
120 days. Developed by the University of Minnesota. In good soil it will produce consistent uniform roots. Pkt. $2.75 OG Cobham Improved Marrow: 120 days. Reasonably skinny neck, very high sugar content, outstanding flavor. Pkt. $3.50
Harris Model: 110 days. Nice Uniform strain, almost no hollow crown or side roots. Pkt. $1.25
Hollow Crown: 130 days. 12 inches long, 2 to 3 inches thick at shoulder. Pkt. $1.25
Turga: 100 days. Medium long thick root, sweet almost coconut flavor, originally from Hungary. Pkt. $2.75 OG