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Product Number: 7106

Black Nebula Carrot (70 days)

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Daucus carota

 

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 

 

PLANTING

Germination: 6-14 days

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

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep

Outside Sowing: Starting 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 or when they turn to a bright orange. 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 to roots to become hairy.

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06/24/2018
Tom
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.

06/26/2018

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

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