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I recently bought two packets of Yates Majestic Red carrot seeds - one packet had smaller seeds pink in colour

Are the pink seeds carrot seeds or something else? Look totally different to the seeds in the other packet????

Submitted: 08:06PM, 22 Oct 2014
Answer: Hi Julie,
A small percentage of our seed is treated with Thiram. Thiram (pink in colour) is a fungicide which is restricted to those seeds which are particularly susceptible to attack by soil-borne fungus in the pre-germination stage. We are required by government regulations to thus protect some lines of seed.

It should be borne in mind that the quantity of the chemical used is extremely small and is applied to the coat of the seed. The chemical cannot transmit from the seed to the future plant. Consequently there is no danger of contamination of future crops. The chemical on the seed does not affect the harvested produce, or the plant itself.

Not all carrot seed is treated with the thiram. Majestic Red is one that is treated. There is a stamp on the back of the packet which states that the seed has been treated. It appears that one of those packets may have slipped through unstamped.

Carrot seeds such as Baby Carrot, Manchester Table, All Seasons have not been treated. These varieties are obviously less susceptible to fungal disease.

Enjoy sowing your seed and most of all,enjoy harvesting a bountiful crop.

Answered: 10:45AM, 23 Oct 2014

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