These petite, ball-shaped beauties are extra-tasty morsels to enjoy in just a few bites with excellent sweet flavor and crunchy texture. Delicious little Round Romeos have smooth-skinned orange flesh that needs no peeling; it’s fun to eat them right in the garden. These baby gourmet carrots are perfect for containers because they don’t need deeply prepared soil like other carrot root crops. Romeo carrots are easy to grow and perform well for both spring and fall planting.
START SEEDS DIRECTLY OUTDOORS
In spring, once danger of hard frost is past, sow seeds in full sun in a container of fresh potting soil. To have enough soil surface and volume, containers should be at least 16 to 18 inches in diameter and 8 to 12 inches deep. Sow seeds carefully 1/2 inch apart and then cover very lightly.
Keep the seedbed evenly moist as carrots can be slow to germinate, emerging over 10 to 20 days. Germinating carrots need consistent moisture; a good trick is to cover the soil surface with floating row cover to help retain moisture during the germination period and water right through it. Take off the cover as soon as you see sprouts.
Thin carrots several times so seedlings are 2 inches apart and have room to size up for harvest. Keep well watered for best growth and flavor. For a late season crop, sow again 3 months before first expected frost.when plants are young. Mulch well to conserve soil moisture and suppress weed growth.
HARVEST AND USE
Harvest at about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter for best flavor. Steam whole, then toss with butter and fresh chopped dill, parsley or chives. Or toss with butter, salt lightly and add a little brown sugar or maple syrup.
Approx. 1500 seeds / Weight: 1.5 grams