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Black Nebula Carrot (70 Days)

Long before orange carrots existed (16th century) the purple carrot was the most commonly cultivated, along with yellow rooted ones. Not just the skin that is deeply colored, the midnight purple color goes all the way through to the core. This variety is more rustic, not as refined, as traditional orange or hybrid carrots, but well worth growing. Foliage is tinted purple and roots can be used as a natural coloring, just check out your tongue after you take a bite out of one. Roots are tapered, 6-8” in length and the flavor is pure carrot. This carrot has a naturally lower germination rate than other carrots.       

300 seeds


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 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 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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  • Pinetree
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Great germination

So happy with the germination. We ended up with a beautiful yield!


Pinetree Garden Seeds

Hi Katie, Thank you for the feedback. The Black Nebula is one of my personal favorites! Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday Season! Deby

Gail N.
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interesting and tasty carrot

I live in an area with heavy clay soils but have worked extensively over the years to improve the soil. Still, I find that most carrots tend to split and make interesting shapes. This carrot did not germinate well for me but the ones I got were good tasting thought hairy, as others have reported. I think I may try sowing in a pot and transplanting this coming year. I have done that with golden beets, which also do not germinate as well as the regular red ones outside. That worked well last year for me.

United States United States
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Wicked cool and tasty

These grew to a good size and mine were 'hairy' as another reviewer said - lots of thin side roots. All came right off with little effort from my veggie scrubber, so not an issue. I grew these in a newer bed that had zero sifting done to the soil (basically just added peat and composted manure to the rocky New England dirt) a few carrots split, but most were a solid single root. Carrots were amazing looking and were very tasty with a very smooth texture. Cross sections of the carrots are quite stunning to boot! Will definitely grow this next year too :)

douglas d.
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one of the few carrots that I plant every year

Black Nebula has a taste that I enjoy to the point of planting it every year. The seed has a good germination rate. This year I planted Black Nebula in mid-July and I'm ready for a late September harvest. Friends and family have found this to be a favorite, too.

Tara B.
United States

A New RegularIn My Garden

Loved it! These are truly near black! The color is amazing, my kids adore them too. There is a distinct hard to describe taste...more carrot-y than usual without being too strong flavored. All had good sugar content as well. Def a new staple for my kiddos