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Organic Carrot

Price per Unit (piece): $125.00

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Package of 1200 Seeds

 

Seeds:

Seeds:  Seeds
Germination: 7 to 21 days, 50F to 85F
Seed Life: 3 years

Packaging:

Soil: Well Drained
Sunlight: Full Sun
Seeds: 1-1/2" apart
Seedlings" 1" to 4" apart
Days to Harvest: 60 to 80

GROWING
NOTES


Will tolerate very light shade.


Good quality roots require plentiful moisture and soil
that is deep, loose, free of stones, and high in organic matter. Roots
can become twisted and forked in heavy, stony soil. Prefers pH of 6.0 to
6.8 but can tolerate 5.5 to 7.5. Requires only moderate nitrogen. Too
much can cause root branching.

Biennial grown as an annual.

Great crop for kids if planted in deep soil and site gets
full sun.



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Plant in spring, 2 to 3 weeks before last frost, � inch
deep, � inch apart, in rows 12 to 24 inches apart. Deeply worked soil
with fine, weed-free seedbed will greatly improve chances of successful
crop.



Carrots are slow to germinate (1 to 3 weeks), and often
germinate unevenly over a period of several weeks. To speed germination,
water lightly daily if soil is dry.



Thinning is critical to reduce competition from
neighboring plants. Thin to 1- to 4-inch spacings (depending on size of
root desired) before plants are 2 inches tall. Cutting rather than
pulling reduces disturbance of the remaining plants.



To improve germination in dry weather: Make a small
furrow, about 2 inches deep. Plant seed and cover with about � inch of
soil. Cover furrow with a board to retain soil moisture until seeds
germinate.



Tip: Sow radishes in the same row. They germinate
quickly, break the soil crust, and mark the row. Thin and/or harvest
radishes before they compete with carrots.



Use seed tape or pelleted seed for more even spacings
and less thinning. Or mix seed in roughly equal proportions with sand,
fine vermiculite, or dried coffee grounds.



Mulch to keep soil cool, conserve moisture and to keep
exposed "shoulders" from turning green and bitter. Another option is to
hill soil over the shoulders.


Make additional plantings every three weeks through
midsummer for continuous supply and fall harvest. Sowing in very early
spring is possible, but some varieties will bolt if temperatures are too
cold. Plant crops for fall harvest about 10 to 12 weeks before first
frost.


Root quality is best when soil temperatures are 60 F to 70 F. The shape
of the root is determined within the first few weeks after germination
when the new plant extends its taproot deep into the soil. If it
encounters obstacles (such as rocks or high water table) or is damaged,
shape and quality of the root will suffer.


To prevent diseases, don't plant carrots in the same spot more than
once every 3 years.
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