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Imperator Carrot (Heirloom 70 Days)

Heirloom 1928. According to the 1936 Henry A. Dreer catalog; “This carrot represents a most desirable combination of choice eating qualities and splendid appearance. The roots grow 7-8” long. They have a broad shoulder and gradually taper to a fine taproot. Due to their form, they are easy to harvest.” 

300 seeds

Imperator Carrot (Heirloom 70 Days)


Daucus carota

Germination: 6-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-85ºF. The cooler the soil the longer it takes for germination, up to 3 weeks.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep

Sowing Outdoors: Start 3 weeks before last frost into mid-summer. Sow lightly, thin to 1-3” apart. The larger the carrot variety the more space needed between them. The soil moisture should be maintained regularly until germination, letting the soil dry out during this period may result in lower germination.

How much does a packet plant: 10-12 foot row

Harvest: Start when carrots reach finger size for baby carrots. Carrots planted for summer harvest will hold in the ground for a few weeks but tend to split if they stay in the ground for too long. Late season carrots hold longer and become sweeter in the cooler weather.

Tips: Using a row cover helps to maintain moisture for germination. Carrots prefer loose soil, free of rubble. Use the shorter varieties for heavy soils. Keep well weeded and cover any exposed carrot with soil or mulch to prevent greening. An excess of nitrogen in the soil causes the roots to become hairy.

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Whitney H.
United States
I recommend this product
The one I always come back to!

I have grown all kinds of carrots, the regular oranges, French Nantes types, keepers, etc and been beguiled by the many colored varieties. However, I always end up growing imperator because they are hands down the tastiest carrot out there!

David W.
United States
I recommend this product
Outstanding service and seeds

We ordered multiple seed types from Pinetree and the experience was great. We live in Western Washington and so we have only planted the tomato, pepper and sunflower seeds at this point in late April. All the seeds germinated at a high rate inside the house and the seedlings have been moved out to our greenhouse. All plants look healthy. We are looking forward to planting other seeds directly in the garden and we are now loyal customers. Thanks.