Atomic Red Carrot Guide

This sweet heirloom is especially high in lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes. The intense red roots reach 10-11 inches long and are jam packed with vitamin Ac, K, C, potassium, fiber, and calcium. When cooked, the red skin gets redder and contrasts with the orange flesh of the carrot.

TO SOW

Carrots grow best in cooler weather between 45°F-75°F. They do great in containers and small gardens. Bank on Seeds recommends direct seeding.

If Direct Seeding

  • Direct seed outside 1-2 weeks before last frost date; or
  • Direct seed into a container 10-12 inches deep and wide anytime of the year. It can be placed outside when the temperature is between 50°F-75°F; or

If Transplanting

Begin the growing season early and start the carrot seeds indoors in trays or pods 4-6 weeks before the last frost date. Germination is best and fastest between 60°F-75°F. It can be transplanted outside 5 weeks later.

Sow the seeds ¼ inch deep, 1-2 inches apart, with rows spaced 16-24 inches apart. Germination will take 10-21 days.

TO GROW

Carrots like well-draining, fertile soil free of big rocks and weeds. Carrots like full sun and does well in partial shade. Water thoroughly but not frequently. Check the top 3-4 inches of soil and if dry, then water it.

5-6 weeks after sowing, apply 5-10-10 fertilizer and add more mulch to the top layer of soil to help regulate temperature, retain moisture, and deter weeds.

TO REAP

Carrots develop in 68-76 days. When the carrots reach desired size, use a garden fork or other tool to dig up the carrots. Cut off the top ½ -1 inch above the root. Plant more seeds every 2 weeks for a continual harvest.

PESTS/DISEASES

Leaf blight, click beetles, carrot rust - maintain 3-year crop rotation, check for bugs often and manually remove, neem oil, row cover during early growth

*Companion plant carrot with beans, cabbages, lettuce, kale, onion, peas, peppers, and tomatoes.  Avoid planting with dill, parsnips, and potatoes.*