Carrot, Cosmic Purple (Daucus carota) - 500 Seeds

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Cosmic Purple Carrot (Daucus carota var stativus) - 500 Seeds

•Heirloom
•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Biennials (grown as annual)
•USDA Zones: 3-12

Description:
Did you know carrots were originally purple?

Before the 16th-17th century, almost all cultivated carrots were purple, with mutated versions occasionally including yellow and white carrots. Orange carrots are believed to have been cultivated by Dutch growers who took mutant strains of the purple carrot and developed them into the modern-day variety. The Purple Carrot is unique in that it appears quite differently when it is sliced than when it is pulled. These carrots have a deep purple exterior, but when they are cut into, a bright orange interior is revealed. They grow to be up to seven inches long with a tapered end. They are quite sweet and tender. This variety does well in areas in the garden with full sun, in zones 3-9. The roots grow straight down, so they require a soil free of rocks, preferably sandy.


Growing Instructions:
Prepare the soil 3 weeks before the last expected spring frost or when the soil temperature reaches 45 degrees F. These long, slender carrots appreciate deeply worked, loose soil in order to reach their full length. Build up a raised mound in the row, about 8" wide; sow bulk Cosmic Purple carrot seeds on it, and cover them with 1/4" very loose soil. Keep the soil moist, but do not allow the the area above the seeds to become hard - this may prevent the seeds from germinating. In cooler climates, sow more seeds every 3-6 weeks for a continuous crop. Warmer climates may be restricted to spring and fall crops, since carrots cannot tolerate an excess of heat.


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