Deep Purple Carrot (F1 Hybrid 72 Days)
Deep Purple Carrot is purple to the core! An adventurous carrot to grow, pull from the soil, and cut open. It’s a true beauty sliced, revealing its midnight purple interior and concentric light yellow core circles, appearing like a mysterious eyeball. Using this carrot raw has the most color impact, as it fades a little when cooked. Excellent crunchy, slightly sweet flavor, and is especially good for juicing. 7-8” tapered imperator-type roots.
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 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: 9-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. Deep Purple 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.