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65-70 days. Purple carrot Seeds. Daucus carota subsp. sativus. Non-GMO. Heirloom. The Purple Carrot is unique in that it appears quite differently when it is sliced than when it is pulled. These carrots have a deep purple exterior, but when they are cut into, a bright orange interior is revealed. They grow to be up to seven inches long with a tapered end. They are quite sweet and tender. This variety does well in areas in the garden with full sun, in zones three to nine. The roots grow straight down, so they require a soil free of rocks, preferably sandy. The Purple carrot is ready to harvest between sixty and seventy days. ~18,000 seeds/oz.
Carrot is a cool weather crop best sown directly in early spring or late fall. Like many root vegetables, carrot does not transplant well and should be directly sown. Plant 2-3 seeds ¼" deep and 1-2" apart in very loose, well-tilled, and well-drained soil in full sun. Seeds germinate in 14-21 days, thinning back to 1 plant every 2" as true leaves establish. Avoid using nitrogen-rich fertilizers which are known to cause growth abnormalities.
These purple carrots grow straight down into the soil, requiring a heavy and sandy soil so that they can grow properly. The soil should have a pH of around 7 as well. They are a root crop, so they should be started outdoors, and not transplanted, as this will damage their growth and shape. Sow the seeds by covering them with about half an inch of soil. Keep four inches between the plants and nine to sixteen inches between rows. Be wary of garden pests such as carrot rust flies. It can be beneficial to add a row cover immediately after planting your seeds to avoid these. After sixty five to seventy days, the Purple carrots will be ready for harvesting.
Purple Carrot in the Vegetable Garden
Carrot is a sugary sweet root vegetable second only to the beet in overall sugar content. Carrot is one of the easiest, quickest, and most satisfying garden crops and lends itself to as many savory dishes as it does sweet. Although considered a predominantly orange vegetable, the carrot is available in a wide selection of exquisite heirloom colors such as red, purple, yellow, and white. Carrots can be sown every couple weeks for successive season-long harvesting.
Harvesting Purple Carrots
Most varieties of carrot are ready for harvest about 70-80 days from sowing, while smaller varieties such as Parisian are ready a few weeks sooner. Regardless of color, carrots are usually ripe for harvest when the root begins to show above soil.
A sandy and well-tilled garden will help in harvesting, providing a loose soil to safely uproot the carrot crop without the need for tools. For more hardened soils, use a specialized hand cultivator or garden hori-hori knife.
About Purple Carrot Garden Seeds
Prior to the Dutch influence of the 16th century, the world"s carrot crop had once been entirely purple, whereas orange was the mutant variable that Dutch growers sought to isolate as a separate cultivar. Orange has since become the commercial standard while many purple heirlooms are resigned to home gardens, specialty stores, and farmers" markets.
Introduced in 2005.
7-8" of purple carrot power! Purple on the outside and bright orange on the inside these carrots are a real show stopper.
Have trouble getting the kids to eat carrots? Cosmic Purple to the rescue!
This is a sweet carrot that is tasty and coreless. Market growers that sell cosmic purple carrot normally sell out within hours of opening.
14" tops are great for the chickens, rabbits, goats or whatever you got around the farm.
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