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More Colors For Carrots (page 3 of 3)

by John Navazio

Growing Colorful Carrots

All of these uniquely colored carrots thrive under the same conditions that produce good orange types. Carrots grow best in amended, well-drained, sandy loam soil formed into raised beds and kept well watered. In many parts of the country, you can be planting seeds now. While some older purple and red varieties may flower prematurely if planted too early in the spring, the ones we've listed here do not bolt under normal conditions. Although it is possible to store purple, red, and white types for a couple of months under ideal conditions, they don't usually store as well as most orange and yellow varieties, so use them first after harvest.

When Scarlet Isn't Red

While many older carrots have the words red or scarlet in their names, such as the popular 'Red Cored Chantenay' and 'Scarlet Nantes', they should not be confused with the true red carrots that contain lycopene. Instead, these are common orange varieties from the early part of this century that had descriptive terms added to their names. At the time, "red" denoted a darker orange color.

John Navazio is a vegetable breeder in Washington.

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