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Carrots without a core or with a small core are gaining more and more popularity today. The reason for the popularity of these varieties, unfortunately, is that carrot growers, in an effort to increase the yield, are too zealous with nitrogen fertilizers. As cabbage accumulates the overwhelming part of nitrates in the stalk, so carrots collect them in the core.
Demand generates supply, and breeders happily offered a choice of coreless carrots, modestly keeping silent about the fact that carrots do not like excess nitrogen. The industrial enterprise will hardly be able to sell the root crops of carrots grown on nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrate-laden carrots grow ugly or give many roots from a single root collar.
In addition, carrots still deposit nutrients in the root crop, but if earlier their bulk was in the core, then where do they accumulate now?
Nevertheless, such varieties have a lot of advantages that make them popular among summer residents. And fertilizers just need to be added in moderation.
Which varieties to choose
Mid-season new hybrid of Dutch selection with a ripening period of 4 months. Variety type "Nantes". Carrots are long, dull, without a core. Among the varieties of its type, it is the best in taste. Contains a very large amount of saccharides, which will surely please children.
Root weight 100 g. The hybrid attracts with its even fruits, ideal for storage and transportation. It consistently shows a high yield, and the yield record was set by this carrot in the northern regions.
Carrots of this variety can be stored without compromising quality for 8 months.
Seeds are sown in the first half of May in the warm soil. The distance between the plants should ultimately be 4-5 cm, between the rows of carrots 20 cm. Subsequent care is usual: weeding, thinning the crops, loosening the soil between the rows.
Important! With an excess of nitrogen and water in the soil, the development of the hybrid slows down.
To obtain high-quality carrots, potash fertilizers are needed. Fresh organic matter cannot be introduced at all.
Selectively, instead of thinning, Natalia carrots can be harvested starting in July. The main crop is harvested in the second half of September.
It takes 4 months from sowing to harvest. Root crops are leveled, with a smooth surface, cylindrical in shape. The skin is thin. The core is missing. Carrots are long, reaching 22 cm.
Due to its juiciness and high content of saccharides, it is excellent for making fresh juices.
The variety does not need a large amount of fertilizer, but it is quite picky about the presence of moisture. Watering "Praline" requires regular.
This variety is planted starting in late April. Harvesting is done in September.
This mid-season variety belongs to the Berlikum variety and has excellent taste. After emergence, it takes 4.5 months to reach full maturity. Carrots are long, dull, without a core, even along the entire length. Root crops are on average 20 cm long.
The variety is sown in mid-May. It can be harvested for beam products in August. For storage, the main crop is harvested in September.
Yes, this is the "original" name of the variety.
From the manufacturer's description
The variety is late ripening. Root crops up to 22 cm long, blunt-pointed, cylindrical. Suitable for winter sowing.
The pulp is juicy, with excellent taste. Root crops have no core. "Without a core" is consumed fresh, processed into juices and stored for long-term storage.
The manufacturer produces carrot seeds in two varieties: regular seeds and tape.
In the case of ordinary seeds, sowing is carried out in early spring to a depth of 5-10 mm with a width between rows of 25-30 cm.Later, thinning of the seedlings is done, leaving a distance of 2-3 cm between the shoots. on a regular basis. You can get an early harvest by sowing the seeds of this carrot variety in November.
Spread the tape with seeds to a depth of 1.5-2 cm. Preferably "on the edge". Before the emergence of seedlings, planting on the belt is regularly watered. Then only weeding and watering will be needed. It is not necessary to thin out the "tape" seedlings.
With all the advertising advantages of the variety, the reviews, unfortunately, do not differ for the better. Buyers of the seeds confirm the excellent taste of the variety. As well as the juiciness of root crops. But they note that carrots grow small, and the ability for long-term storage is completely absent. It is necessary to process the harvest of carrots "Without a core" as soon as possible.
But, perhaps, in the case of this variety, there were purchases of fakes.
Important! Verify the authenticity of the seeds. Many companies not only produce packages of a certain type, but also paint the seeds in "corporate" colors, which makes it possible to recognize a fake.
High-yielding hybrid of a Dutch company. Variety Shantane. It was withdrawn recently, but has already found its fans. It has a rather short growing season: 95 days. Fruits up to 18 cm long, juicy, with a small core, bright color. They contain a large amount of saccharides.
Not recommended for long-term storage. It is consumed fresh and in the form of juice.
The variety can be sown in early spring for summer harvest and summer for autumn harvest. In the latter case, it can be stored until April. Resistant to the most common diseases and tolerant to shooting.
You can also learn about the advantages of this variety from the video:
A little about excess nitrogen and how it can be removed
Fresh sawdust, by re-heating, takes nitrogen from the soil from the soil. For this reason, they are recommended to be used only for mulching and not to be added to the soil for those crops that need a large amount of nitrogen for fruiting.
In the case of carrots, the situation is reversed. Excess nitrogen is harmful for the development of root crops, which means that, if necessary, you can safely add fresh sawdust under the carrots. While fresh organic matter such as manure or plant residues - sources of nitrogen - in carrots is harmful, sawdust is an exception. Until they perepil, they can not be considered organic.
Therefore, under the carrots, along with sand, fresh sawdust can be added to the soil to improve drainage and provide the necessary looseness for this crop. Sawdust has little effect on the size of root crops, but you can be sure that root crops "grown in sawdust" do not contain a significant amount of nitrates.
The video clearly shows which root crops have grown in beds with sawdust and without sawdust.
When choosing varieties of carrots for the garden, it will be ideal to focus on their keeping quality, resistance to diseases and taste, such an excess of nitrates in the core of carrots, so terrible for many, can always be avoided. Although I must admit that cutting carrots without a core into a soup is much more convenient than with a core.