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Carrot Seeds, Tenderlong Imperator

Daucus carota subsp. Sativus
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Tenderlong Imperator is an extremely long carrot variety. On average roots grow to 25 cm (10")! Orange-red in color with dark green tops, they are rich in vitamin A and when eaten raw, dietary fiber.

  • SKU: 140105
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Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
10 to 14 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
Maturity:
65 to 80 days
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  • Plant Type: Vegetable
  • Botanical Name: Daucus carota subsp. Sativus
  • Fill Weight (grams): 1.5
  • Approximate Seed Count: 1,000-1,100
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Sweet and crunchy
  • Companion Planting: Onion, leek and herbs such as rosemary and sage act as a repellent to the carrot fly. Chives improve the growth and flavor of carrots and deter aphids, mites, and flies.
  • Preparation Ideas: Clean, peel and slice carrots. Bring 3 cm (1") of salted water to boil in a saucepan. Add the carrot slices. Return to boil, then reduce the heat and cover the pan. Cook until just tender, but not soft. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Drain and eat hot. For extra flavor add salt, pepper and butter.
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    Growing Instructions:

    Carrot seeds should be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is passed into well-cultivated soil. Optimum soil temperature (not air temperature) should be 7-29°C (45-84°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination.Saturate the soil with water and space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 6 mm (1/4") of soil. After planting, water seeds with a gentle mist or shower. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below. Do not allow the soil to become dry, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. Carrots grow quickly and more seeds can be succession planted every 2 to 3 weeks until mid-July for a continuous supply of carrots.

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  • Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4")
  • Plant Spacing: 5 cm (2")
  • Row Spacing: 30 cm (12")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
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Growing Suggestions:
  • Carrots should be kept weeded (a clean mulch can reduce this job). Cover exposed roots (shoulders) with soil to prevent cracking and turning green.
  • Carrot seeds have the highest chance of germinating successfully when the soil temperature is 13-18˚C (55˚ to 65˚F). While the seeds can germinate at temperatures as low as 4˚C (40˚F), the process will be considerably slower. It is important to avoid planting carrots in soil that exceeds 24˚C (75˚F), as this can lead to poor germination. Important Note: The main reasons carrot seed fails to germinate is due to cool soil, damping off, crusty soil, and inconsistent moisture.
  • Your soil must remain consistently moist while waiting for the carrot seeds to sprout, which can take 1-3 weeks. If the soil becomes dry and a crust forms, it will hinder the emergence of seedlings. Seeds need air and moisture to sprout.
  • Planting in soil that is stony, gravelly, shallow, clay or compacted can result in low seed germination and stunted, deformed (forked) carrots. Carrots grow best in a light, loamy soil high in organic matter. The best way to ensure successful seed germination is to plant in well-cultivated, loose soil that is evenly moist.
  • While carrots can tolerate some shade, they thrive and develop their sweet, crunchy flavor when grown in full sunlight.
  • Overwatering or heavy rainfall can cause roots to become forked, particularly if this happens within the first few weeks after sowing. Fluctuations in moisture levels can also lead to cracking.
  • For best flavor, harvest carrots when roots are not more than 5 cm (2") in diameter.

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