(65 days) F-1 hybrid. In our search for replacing now-merged Bayer/Monsanto’s Sugarsnax carrot, we sunk our teeth into many a bland orange chunk. Who knew that chasing down tasty summer Imperators would take two years and much taste-bud patience? But we found a real winner in breeder Bejo Seeds’ sleek Imperator-type Istanbul: 1" at its widest, the 7–9" slender root tapers to a stylish point. In fact the tip is the only “sharpness” this carrot has to offer; uniform, deep orange inside and out, juicy, crisp, sweet, with no bitter tones even in stressful conditions. Istanbul’s strong tall healthy tops round out the “bunch” of reasons that reaffirm our co-op’s ethical stance against global seed consolidation. I guess you could say we are using the carrot as the stick! Bayer/Monsanto is not the only answer…and it’s also not the best one. NEW!④
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⅛ oz packet sows 35 ft; 1 oz, 280 ft. 1 gram packet has more than 600 seeds and sows about 10 ft. Carrots average 18,000 seeds/oz with significant variations among varieties.
Culture: Very hardy. Early carrots can be sown by late April. Can take up to 3 weeks to germinate; keep rows from drying out for faster emergence. Sow carrots for winter storage in mid-late June. Thinning is critical: At 3" high thin to ½" apart, at 6" thin again to 1" apart. Minimal germination temperature 40°, optimal range 60–85°.
ALTS: Alternaria Leaf Spot
CLS: Cercospora Leaf Spot
ALTS shows up first on the oldest foliage as brown-black spots edged with yellow. Foliage blackens and shrivels as it develops and spreads. Maintaining a good crop rotation is the best preventive.