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Carrot 'Atomic Red'

Product Description

Atomic Red' is an 8"-10" long, crisp, sweet imperator-type root. When you steam, roast, or stir-fry it, the contrast between the brilliant, deep red outer layer and orange core intensifies. Grow successive crops every 3 weeks to ensure continuous harvests as this colorful carrot is sure to be in high demand once it is seen and tasted.

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Botanical Name: Daucus carota

Days to Maturity: 70–75 days

Family: Apiaceae

Native: Africa, Eurasia

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: Roots are 8"–10" long at their peak

Variety Information: Tapered roots that are medium coral-red with an orange core. Outer color deepens to dark red after cooking. 'Atomic Red' is an imperator type carrot.

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 45°F, ideally 60°–85°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 10 to 12 weeks before your average first fall frost date. In very warm climates, carrots are grown primarily in fall, winter, and spring.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended; root disturbance stunts growth.

 

Days to Emerge: 10–25 days

 

Seed Depth: ¼"

 

Seed Spacing: 1"

 

Row Spacing: 6"

 

Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 3"

 

Harvesting: For best flavor and texture, harvest carrots any time before, and until they reach their optimal size. Peak harvest period lasts about 3 weeks, longer in the fall. Late summer-sown carrots are sweetened after having been kissed by light frost; however, harvest before soil freezes, which may destroy the crop. In USDA zone 5 or warmer, carrots can be left in the ground for storage provided they are heavily mulched; harvest as needed on days the ground is not frozen.