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Carrot 'Kelly' F1 Hybrid

Daucus carota

Hardy Annual

This new variety comes from exciting breeding work in Nantes x Kuroda crosses. Carrot 'Kelly' produces shouldered, long, smooth-skinned, tapered roots with bright skins. The rich orange flesh has a sweetness and texture that greatly improves on previous varieties. Best grown as a maincrop and harvested in Autumn for use throughout winter. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 15cm (6").

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How to grow carrotsCompanion Planting

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden
Sowing Months:
April, May, June
full sun
    • 1 packet (400 carrot seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £0.99

Direct sow carrot seeds outdoors from March to July. Early varieties may also be sown from February to March in greenhouse borders or under cloches. Specific autumn sowing carrot varieties can be sown as late as October under cloches for an early crop in spring. Grow Carrots in a weed free, sunny position in fertile, light, well drained soil. Carrots dislike freshly manured soils so seed beds are best prepared in autumn, well in advance of spring sowings.

Sow carrot seeds thinly at a depth of 1cm (½in) in drills 30cm (12") apart. Germination will take 10 to 20 days. When large enough to handle, thin out the seedlings within each row to 2 - 5 cm (1 - 2in) apart. Where space is limited, growing carrots in containers will also produce a worthwhile crop.

Water well to encourage germination. Once germinated, carrots should be watered only when necessary to keep the soil moist as excessive water may encourage leaf growth instead of roots. During growth, the carrot roots may be earthed up to prevent green crowns developing.

Cover later carrot sowings with fleece or fine netting, and remove all thinnings from the site to minimise carrot fly infestation. Carrots can be harvested from July to December, although carrots are safer lifted and stored from October to avoid root damage by pests. depending on their sowing date. Early varieties may be lifted when required from 9 weeks onwards, while maincrops can be harvested after 11 weeks from their sowing date. Pull a single carrot first to assess the size of the roots. If the soil is dry, lifting carrots can be made easier by watering beforehand. Roots can be stored in a cool, dry place, in boxes of barely moist sand or compost, for up to 4 months.

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  1. Excellent colour and taste

    By Geoff Inman 07-11-2016

    I planted these alongside my Early Nantes, which I've grown for years, and the difference is striking. I only picked them up to try but they are deeper orange and better flavoured. I'll stick with these from now on.


    Thank you very much for your review. I am very pleased that you have been happy with your purchase and thank you so much for taking the time to let us know. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

  2. Best crop

    By 16-08-2016

    I have just harvested and frozen 7 kilos - this year’s crop of Kelly F1 Hybrid carrots in my garden and I believe it’s the best crop of carrots I have ever had. I planted them in my greenhouse in early April to protect them from carrot fly but left the greenhouse door partially open for much of this time. The carrots were crisp and perfectly formed.

    Customer comment from Rinaldo Gemelli

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