Germ 6-14 days
A cross of Nantes and Imperator strains, close to ten inches long and with a very appealing shiny orange color and smooth skin. Flavor is very sweet and crunchy, surprisingly so for an imperator type, so it is great for eating fresh but also versatile enough to use in a variety of other ways. 300 seeds
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.