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Carrot 'Paris Market'

Daucus carota ssp. sativus 'Parisian Market'

Also known as

Parisian Carrots, Carrot 'Parisian Market'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 months to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Carrot 'Paris Market' Overview

Daucus carota subsp. sativus 'Parisian Market' produces small golf-balled sized round carrots that you can pop into your mouth for an eye watering sweet treat. Especially well-suited for container gardens or growing in shallow, rocky beds where larger carrots can't develop straight roots. Also known as Carrot 'Paris Market', this root vegetable prefers growing in sunny locations with free draining soil. Raised beds or containers are ideal as lifting the crown of the plant above 60cm (2') will also help to deter carrot fly, a low flying common pest which lays its eggs near the developing root. Carrots are perhaps best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene (provitamin A). However, these delicious root vegetables are not only a source of beta-carotene but also of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients.

Common problems with Carrot 'Paris Market'

Aster Yellow Disease, Crown Rot, and Fusarium Dry Rot. Carrots can also suffer from Thielaviopsis basicola (Black Root rot), Xanthomonas campestris pv. carotae (Leaf blight) and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (White mould)

Carrot 'Paris Market' Companion Plants

Good companion plants for carrots are alliums (e.g., onions, garlic, leeks) and tomatoes.

How to harvest Carrot 'Paris Market'

Carrots can be harvested 8 - 12 weeks after sowing, or as soon as they have reached the preferred size. Generally, small is better; however, a carrots flavour is better if it experiences a frost. This triggers the plant into storing sugars into the root. In sandy soil sites and milder locations, carrots can be stored in-situ over winter with a layer of mulch to shed the worst of the winter wet. However; you will need to lift them before they start growing again the following spring.

How to propagate Carrot 'Paris Market'


For the best results direct sow seeds where you would like them to grow as they do not like their roots disturbed. Seeds can be sown every three weeks from the first frost until until ten weeks before the last frost for a continuous supply. Sow seeds singularly 1 cm deep, spaced 5cm apart. Make the rows 30 cm apart. To help prevent a hard crust from forming and preventing the seedlings from emerging, cover with a fine compost or a layer of vermiculite. Germination should occur in 10 to 20 days, but have been known to take longer.

Special features of Carrot 'Paris Market'

Crop rotation

These are light to medium feeders. These crops can follow any other group. Follow these crops with legumes, onions, or let the area sit fallow for a season. Do not plant root crops in the same spot after growing carrots for a few years.

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Will thrive when grown in containers provided with enough water and not too much feed.

Other uses of Carrot 'Paris Market'


Believed by the Ancient Greeks to be a stomach tonic, it is still widely used in health drinks or juices, particularly for its high levels of vitamins (particularly vitamins A and E).


The taproot and the leaves are edible and used raw, cooked or preserved.

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