Carrot, “Rainbow Hybrid” Seeds
‘Rainbow’ is a pleasing mix of colors from coral to yellow to white–a quite unusual variation from just one seed cultivar! Unlike colored carrot blends which produce varied sizes of roots, ‘Rainbow’ carrots are uniform and mature all at once, making them a great choice for pickling and canning (recipe inside this packet). A cross of Nantes and imperator types, the flavorful roots are long, at 7″–9″. The colors may be mellow, but the flavor is big and sweet with all the crunchiness you expect in a homegrown carrot.
400 mg packet contains ~200 seeds.
Days to Maturity: 67
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.