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IMPERATOR CARROT (heirloom)

Germ 6-14 days
Heirloom 1928
According to the 1936 Henry A. Dreer catalog; “This carrot represents a most desirable combination of choice eating qualities and splendid appearance. The roots grow 7-8” long. They have a broad shoulder and gradually taper to a fine tap root. Due to their form they are easy to harvest.” 300 seeds 

PLANTING:

Outdoors- Early spring, a few weeks before last frost until mid summer. Sow lightly, 1/4” deep, with soil temperature 50-80 degrees. The cooler the soil the longer it takes for germination, up to 3 weeks. The soil moisture should be maintained regularly until germination. Thin to 1-3” apart.

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- Use a row cover helps to maintain moisture for germination. Carrots prefer a loose soil, free of rubble. If your soil is heavy with clay, use the shorter varieties. Keep well weeded and cover any exposed carrot with soil to prevent greening.

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