Size at Maturity: 4 to 8 inches
Sow the seeds directly in the garden in loose soil when all danger of frost is past. Continue to sow seeds until 75 to 77 days before the expected fall frost.
The Long Imperator variety needs deep, loose soil. Don't allow the soil to become muddy or soggy or the carrots may crack. In addition, don’t let this variety mature fully or it will become woody and less flavorful.
Water regularly to keep the soil from drying out. Prior to harvesting, soak the ground to make the carrots easier to pull up.
- Use companion plants to help reduce carrot pests such as carrot fly. Plants in the Allium family, such as garlic, onions or chives, will repel these insects.
- Carrots do not like to be transplanted. If you must transplant them, be careful not to disturb the roots!
*These seeds are easy to sow, with a fun color coating that helps them germinate. However, the coating adds a few days to the germination time as compared to uncoated seeds.