Deep Purple Carrot has an intense purple color throughout the entire carrot, down to its core. It is similar to Purple Haze, but the entire core is purple whereas Purple Haze has an orange core. This hybrid variety is an imperator-type that produces slender carrots with narrow shoulders and a pointed end. Deep Purple Carrots will average 7-8″ in length. They have a crisp texture and a sweet flavor. The skin is smooth which makes this a great variety for raw consumption. It is especially noted as an ideal juicing carrot. It also has strong tops which makes for easy harvesting by hand. Seeds are pelleted for ease of planting by hand or with a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder.
Carrots grow best when planted during the cooler times of the year in early spring or fall. Carrots prefer a soil temperature around 75 degrees for optimal germination. They will perform best when direct seeded and are not a good crop to transplant. We recommend seeding carrots in a thick band along the desired row. This will ensure a solid stand of carrots and help to aid in weed control once tops get larger. Carrots are a great crop for double-row planting on drip irrigation. For this strategy, plant two rows 6″ apart, skip about 3′, then plant another two rows 6″ apart. The double row technique allows for easy weed control because the tops shade the area between the double rows. It also allows you to maximize the garden space because you can get two rows of harvest for almost the same amount of space as one row.
Deep Purple Carrot Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2″
Row Spacing: 12″
Days to Maturity: 120
Disease Tolerance: None