Yellowstone Carrot is one of the easiest carrot varieties to grow. This open-pollinated variety is a Nantes x Imperator type that produces 8-9″ carrots with broad shoulders. They taper down to the tip which is slightly blunt and less sharp than traditional Imperator types. Yellowstone Carrot produces strong and vigorous tops that make it a great carrot for bunching presentations. The large tops are also great for weed suppression through shading. This is a very productive variety that produces heavy yields per row. Yellowstone is great carrot for fall planting and winter harvest. The bright yellow carrots store well in the overwintered soil and can be left there to store until harvest is needed.
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.
Yellowstone 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 Leaf Spot, Cercospora Leaf Spot, Pythium