Imperator Carrot Seeds ,Biannual Vegetable, AAS WINNER, Deep Orange,
APPROX 20,000 - 25,000 PER OZ IMPERATOR 58 - HEIRLOOM 1935 75 DAYS, 9.5" X 1.5" AAS WINNER DEEP ORANGE, TAPER TO POINT, TALL TOP LONGER AND THINNER THAN OTHER CARROTS
24,000 seeds/oz.; 3 lbs. /acre.
7-21 days, 50-85°F.
Days to maturity: 75 days
Imperator carrots are a type of carrot that includes several varieties of long, straight, tapered carrots that measure about 8 to 11 inches at full maturity. The carrots have a deep orange color and thin skin that is easy to peel. Because of their sweet flavor, Imperator carrots are usually eaten raw or added to salads. Imperator carrots are available in several cultivars that vary in size, flavor and texture, including "Legend," "Avenger" and "Tendersweet." The carrots are ready for harvest in 65 to 78 days after planting seeds, depending on the variety. Imperator type carrots are best planted in early spring.
Spade or till the soil to a depth of at least 12 inches. Because of their length, Imperator varieties of carrots require deep, loose soil.
Rake out large dirt clods, rocks and weeds to provide for fine soil, which results in smooth, straight carrots.
Dig 2 to 4 inches of compost or rotted manure into the top 6 to 8 inches of soil. In addition, dig in a balanced dry fertilizer with a ratio such as 10-10-10. Apply the fertilizer at a rate of 2 to 4 cups for each 100 square feet of garden space.
Make shallow rows with the tip of a hoe. Allow 12 to 18 inches between each row.
Sprinkle the seeds in the rows at a rate of 2 to 3 inches per inch. Cover the seeds lightly with 1/4- to 1/2inch of soil.
Thin the carrots when the seedlings are about 2 inches tall. Remove the weaker seedlings and leave the largest, allowing about 2 inches between each carrot.
Spread 1 to 3 inches of mulch, such as shredded bark or straw, around the carrots. Mulch keeps the soil evenly moist and helps slows growth of weeds.
Water the carrots lightly every day during warm, dry weather, providing enough moisture to keep the soil uniformly moist. Don't allow the soil to become muddy or soggy, since too much moisture creates misshapen carrots and hairy roots. If possible, use a drip irrigation system or soaker hose to keep the tops dry.
Fertilize Imperator carrot varieties lightly about six weeks after the seedlings emerge, using a nitrogen fertilizer with a ratio such as 21-0-0. Apply the fertilizer at a rate of about 1/4-cup for every 10 feet of row. Sprinkle the fertilizer along the side of the rows, and then water immediately.
Hoe regularly to keep weeds under control, since weeds draw water and nutrients away from the carrots. Hoe carefully to prevent uprooting the carrots.
Harvest Imperator carrot cultivars when the tops are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Don't allow the carrots to become fully mature, as these varieties of carrots become woody and less flavorful.
Things You Will Need
- Spade or tiller
- Compost or manure
- Balanced dry fertilizer
- Drip irrigation system or soaker hose (optional)
- Nitrogen fertilizer