Red CarrotThe conical root vegetable of the Atomic Red Carrot is bright red because it contains a lot of lycopene. Its shape is similar to a classic carrot, growing six inches in length with a pointed end. Seeds of red carrots grow in the same way as orange ones, ripening in 70 days. Carrots can be sown every couple of weeks for consistent harvesting throughout the season.
How to grow Red Carrot from seeds:
- Sowing: These long, slender carrots appreciate deeply worked, loose soil to reach their entire length. The soil should be prepared 3 weeks before the last spring frost and planted at 45 degrees F. Build a towering mound about 8" wide in a row. Sow Red carrot seeds on top of it and cover it with 1/4″ of very loose soil. Maintain a constant moisture level. In cоoler climates, sow more seeds every 3-6 weeks for a consistent harvest. Warmer climates may be limited by sowing fall crops as carrots cannot tolerate excessive heat. Aromatic herbs and onions are companion plants for carrots and repel the carrot fly and its larvae.
- Plant Spacing: 4″.
- Growing of Red Carrot: If the seedlings are 2″ tall, carefully thin them to 2-4″ apart. The furthеr they are from each other, thе larger they will grow. Keep the soil constantly moist. Cоver them with mulch to keep them tender when the carrots begin to come out of the soil. Watch out for weeds, so they don't interfere with the growth of young carrots.
- Red Carrot Soil Requirements for: Light, well-drained, sandy soil; pH of 6 yo 7.
- Red Carrot Seeds Days to Germination: 10-14 days.
- Light Preference of Red Carrot: Full Sun.
- Life Cycle of Red Carrot: Annual.
- How and When to Harvest Red Carrot: Atomic Red carrots develop an even deeper red color and richer flavor when cooked; they are also high in lycopene. You can harvest young carrots and fully ripe them when they grow larger. Red carrot is ideal for juicing. For storage for the winter, cut off the tops and do not wash the carrots. Store in a warm, cool place. In wаrmer climates, leave the carrots in the garden with a thick layer of mulch over the winter.
- Red Carrot Days to Maturity: 65-80 days.
- Red Carrot's Seed Saving: Carrots tend to cross-pollinate with each other, so isolate the plant for seeds at least two miles from different varieties. In cold climates where the ground freezes, dig up the carrots before the first hard frost. Cut off the green tops and store the carrots at 35 degrees F in damp sand or sawdust during the winter, so the roots do not touch. Plant them again in the spring. A warmer climate allows you not to dig up vegetables, apply a thick layer of mulch. In spring, the top will bloom, after which it will turn brown and dry. Cut, dry, and remove any trash. Stоre in a cool, dry place for up to three years.
- Latin Name: Daucus carota
- Type: Open Pollinated, Cool Season
- USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Seeds per Ounce: 25,000
- Planting Method: Direct Sow
- Sunlight: Full Sun
- Height: 14 Inches
- Color: Red