Adelaide Carrot (F1 Hybrid 65 Days)
The Adelaide Carrot is a Dutch hybrid, used exclusively for producing those attractive baby carrots that command such a premium price at the market. An early, cylindrical, bright orange, the core-less carrot that grows to about 3 1/2” for harvest. The Adelaide Carrot retains its remarkably sweet flavor for quite a while. Use raw, in salads, for pickling, & stir-fries.
Germination: 6-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures are 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 the last frost into mid-summer. Sow lightly, thin to 1-3” apart. The larger the carrot variety the more space is 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 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. The Adelaide Carrot prefers 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.