Different Types of Carrots

This chart expands on "All About Growing Carrots", discussing the different types and varieties of carrots and explaining how and where to grow them.


TYPE                         DESCRIPTION                        CULTURAL TIPS                             VARIETIES                    


55 to 70 days (spring)

6- to 75 days (fall)

Easy and widely adapted; straight, cylindrical roots 5 to 7 inches long; sweet flavor and crisp texture; limited storage potential.

Grow in loose, sandy soil or in raised beds enriched with plenty of organic matter, but no fresh manure.

‘Early Nantes’




55 to 70 days (spring)

70 to 110 days (fall)

Conical roots with broad shoulders and rounded tips; rich, sweet flavor and good storage potential.

Excellent type to grow from summer to fall, and not as picky about soil as other types. Usually sizes up well in clay soils with high organic matter content.

‘Red Core’




50 to 60 days (spring)

60 to 70 days (fall)

Round, cylindrical or tapered roots less than 5 inches long; crisp texture and frequently quite sweet when mature; limited storage potential. Grows in any fertile soil that drains well. Makes good “marker” plants to separate sowings of salad greens.


‘Little Finger’



55 to 100 day (spring)

80 to 110 days (fall)

Long, tapered roots with stocky shoulders and strong tops; slightly fibrous texture. Stores well. Roots size up best in deep, sandy loam. When pleased with their site, roots can become quite large.


‘Purple Haze’



70 to 80 days (spring)

80 to 110 days (fall)

Thick-rooted cylindrical shape, often with yellowish core; widely used in processing, good for juicing. Stores well. Grow in raised beds or in deep, sandy loam. Good main crop type for cool climates.



‘Danvers Half Long’