Purple Haze Carrot is a hybrid, imperator type carrot that offers beautiful colors and great flavor. Imperator-types are long and slender with a taper down to a sharp tip. Purple Haze produces 7-9″ tapered carrots that have a purple exterior and orange interior. This variety was an All-America Selections winner in 2006 for taste and appearance. Purple Haze Carrot has excellent flavor and the purple color means it’s high in antioxidants. It’s a great carrot for raw eating on salads and other dishes, but also retains flavor well when cooked. It will also freeze well when blanched and placed in an ice bath. It will lose some of the purple color when cooked.
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.
Purple Haze Carrot Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 1/2″, thin to 1-2″
Row Spacing: 12″
Days to Maturity: 75
Disease Tolerance: Pythium Root Rot, Alternaria Leaf Spot, Cercospora Leaf Spot