Wild carrots grow from the Mediterranean to Asia. Queen Anne's Lace is America's wild carrot relative.
The first cultivated variety had branching purple roots and is believed to have been developed in Afghanistan. There is some evidence of a few red varieties around that time period. It migrated to the Mediterranean in the 14th century and then Northwards.
The orange varieties were developed in the Netherlands by the Dutch in the 17th century. Many of today's better known orange heirloom varieties were developed by the French seed company Vilmorin-Andrieux starting in the 1850s, such as Nantes and the Chantenay varieties.
Approx 500 seeds per pack.
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Carrots must be direct sown.
For an early crop, sow seeds in spring as soon as soil can be worked. Choose a location with 6 - 8 hours of full sun, in light, sandy or humus, well-drained soil. Mix the amount of seeds to be sown with a bit of sand to facilitate even sowing. Firm 1/2" fine soil over seeds, keep moist until seedlings appear. Carrots take 14-21 days to germinate. Soak overnight in water to speed germination. When 1.5" high, thin to 1 - 2". Water weekly in dry weather. Make successive sowings every 3-5 weeks, depending on rate of carrot useage.