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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 flavor is pure carrot.        

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 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 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 and tend to split if they stay in the ground to 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 a 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 cause the roots to become hairy.

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douglas delzotto
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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


Gorgeous for cooking

I love the amazing variety that Pinetree provides and these seeds are no exception. These performed lovely in my California garden. The flower display even surprised me with the most colorful carrot flowers tipped with red. While these were not a family favorite for fresh eating, they are amazing as a cooked carrot. The flavor was great and the color permeates with a deep red so these should not be overlooked for the dramatic impact. My vegetable soup was a hit with these carrots.


Woodchuck ate the tops

I sprouted them inside in trays, exposed to sunlight and they germinated just fine. I expect putting seed in the garden would not have worked in my clay soil. I then transplanted outside when 2 inches tall.. The woodchuck topped them all 6 weeks later. But ignored the other chantenay carrots that had been my second planting. I think it was the high amount of antioxidant nutrients the woodchuck was after. If the woodchuck ate them and didnt touch the other carrots they must be very nutritious. This nibling off of the tops stopped their growth. My soil was dry and this may have been a factor in their not sending up new leafs. I will put them on drip irrigation to make sure they get enough water next year. Will try mulching some to hold moisture in and other tricks to see what these carrots like. They sure are harder to grow than normal carrots. I plan to do successive planting of them.

Western PA

Not a fan

I grew 5 varieties and this was the only poor performer. Low germination, but after a couple plantings they grew. Tops looked great. Unfortunately the carrots were extremely "hairy" with tiny side roots covering the carrot. I had to peel them to be edible. That took the black skin off, leaving a white carrot that was somewhat bitter. Taste was "OK" but there are much better varieties in the catalog.

Pinetree Garden Seeds

Hi Tom, We're sorry your disappointment in the Black Carrot that you grew. The root hairs are formed to get nutrients and water from the soil. It's quite possible that the carrot wasn't grown long enough, therefore was bitter. Or there wasn't enough water supplied, and deep enough. Pinetree Garden Seeds