Super Colorful Mix
Super Colorful Mix
Ships January 2017
Our blend contains whites, yellows and purples and a bit of the “We Three Orange Mix”.
Europe has always had it’s Belgian White, the French have their Juane de Doubs Yellow and the and the Dutch have their Scarlet Horn Orange carrot; Japan has favored red-orange kinds and in the middle east, the deep purples have been know in Afghan markets…forever. Here, we have finally discovered the diversity in carrots and color blends are changing how chefs prepare them and how parents are getting their kids to eat them. Long Island is a good area for raising carrot seed crops and we have introduced some purple of our own breeding program.
600 seeds (15 feet row)
Packet will plant a 15 foot row (600 seeds)
You can sow carrot seed around the average last frost date; mid April in zone 7 and continue to sow seed every 2-3 weeks through the summer until late summer for production from early summer into early winter. You will have plenty of carrots over a long harvest period by succession planting.
Sow the seeds in drill where they are to grow thinly at a rate of 40 seeds per foot and cover the seed with 1/4 inch of fine soil. Do not allow the soil to crust or dry out during the critical period of carrot germination. Carrots are slow germinators and also slow in their seedling growth. They do not compete well with weeds. A single row of carrot will be easier to weed than broadcasted seed. The best carrots grow rapidly in potassium rich soils rich in trace elements. Manures and high nitrogen compost can interfere with the root quality. Drought and other stress conditions delay growth adversely and affect the crop. Carrots need several hours of full sunlight day.
A late crop of carrots heavily mulched will allow you to harvest the roots into the winter. They can also be stored as a “root cellar” crop where winters are too cold.
To produce a seed crop you will have to overwinter the roots either by mulching them in the field or moving them to a cold, frost free area until they can be planted in the spring (they are biennials and take two years to flower and seed. Carrots will cross with each other as well as Queen Annes Lace. The showy row of carrots planted for seed in bloom is a sight to behold. A large root is capable of producing a bushy tall plant with lots of seeds early in the second year. Wait till the umbels fold inward and turn brown to remove from the plant. When dry rub the seeds free of the stems.