Rainbow Carrot

Rainbow Carrot

 

Rainbow Carrot Mix

Organic seed

The flavor varies a bit with root color, but all are tender, sweet, and flavorful. 7-9″ tapered roots with strong tops. Because Rainbow is a single variety with color variability, it will mature uniformly, unlike colored carrot mixes created using several different varieties.

Plant Cycle:   (A)   Days to Maturity or Bloom:   67

 

 

Packet: App. 200 seeds. $3.0




Sprinkle the soil surface to keep moist.

Don’t allow soil to crust before the emergence of seedlings which take 1-3 weeks, depending on temperature and moisture. If necessary, thin young seedlings to 3/4-2″ apart, depending on root size desired. Keep weed-free by tine weeding and shallow hoeing. To prevent greening, cover exposed crowns.

DISEASES: Blights can reduce yield and quality. Alternaria blight shows as brown-black lesions edged with yellow on leaf margins beginning on oldest leaves. Leaflets may shrivel and die. Cercospora blight first appears as small dark spots with yellow margins on the younger leaves and stems.

To prevent blights, practice 3-year crop rotation. 

INSECT PESTS: Carrot rust fly and wire-worms. Provide fertile growing conditions and avoid ground recently in sod if possible. Exclude adult insects with fabric row covers.

HARVEST: Carrots may be dug any time after they reach a good color (bright, not pale), at which stage flavor develops. Generally the best harvest period lasts about 3 weeks (longer in cool, fall weather), after which time the roots may crack or the taste and appearance may decline. Make a few sowings at 3 week intervals for a continuous supply of tender carrots at their prime.

STORAGE: Plant carrots intended for winter storage about 100 days before expected fall frost. Carrots store best at 32°F (0°C) and 95% relative humidity.

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