The Purple Sun Carrot is a hybrid Nantes type carrot that has a beautifully unique deep purple color from its skin to the core. These deep purple carrots contain all the same nutritional value as orange carrots with the added benefit of a high concentration of anthocyanins. Because of their long smooth tops, this variety is an excellent candidate for mechanical harvesting or bunching. The Purple Sun Carrot is a great variety for making an antioxidant-rich juice from its sweet crisp roots.
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. Carrots require constant, adequate moisture throughout the germination process. If you are not able to water them frequently, you might consider using a tarp or covering on the soil to keep it moist until seeds germinate.
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 Sun 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″