Bolero Carrot is absolutely our favorite variety of orange carrot. This hybrid variety offers a great disease resistance package along with superb flavor and storage potential. Bolero is a heavy Nantes-type that produces cylindrical carrots with blunt ends and little tapering from top to bottom. It produces large, heavy tops which make them easy to pull from the ground during harvest. Bolero Carrot has a juicy taste and crunchy texture, which makes it great for raw consumption or cooking. It also holds great in storage. Harvested carrots (with or without tops) will hold in cold storage for several weeks. They can also be blanched, frozen, and will retain texture and flavor well in the freezer.
Carrots grow best when planted during the cooler times of the year in early spring or fall. Carrots prefer a soil temperature around 75 degrees for optimal germination. They will perform best when direct seeded and are not a good crop to transplant. We recommend seeding carrots in a thick band along the desired row. This will ensure a solid stand of carrots and help to aid in weed control once tops get larger. Carrots are a great crop for double-row planting on drip irrigation. For this strategy, plant two rows 6″ apart, skip about 3′, then plant another two rows 6″ apart. The double row technique allows for easy weed control because the tops shade the area between the double rows. It also allows you to maximize the garden space because you can get two rows of harvest for almost the same amount of space as one row.
Bolero Carrot Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 1/2″, thin to 1-2″
Row Spacing: 12″
Days to Maturity: 75
Disease Tolerance: Alternaria Blight, Powdery Mildew, Cavity Spot, Bacterial Blight, Cercospora Blight