Daucus carota (70 days) F-1 hybrid. Again 2006 AAS winner Purple Haze outperformed Purple Dragon in our trial. Enhanced by a texture almost as refined as the best orange carrots, it has none of Dragon’s harshness. Purple with orange stretch marks and a vivid orange core, Haze will really draw crowds to your stand. Its raw flavor, rated average, improves with cooking, though color fades. The 7" tapered roots store fairly well. This first purple Imperator-type carrot may make you want to kiss the sky! Contains 0.5% orange off-types. ④
2096 Purple Haze
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⅛ oz packet sows 35 ft; 1 oz, 280 ft. 1 gram packet has more than 400 seeds and sows about 10 ft.
Carrots average 18,000 seeds/oz with significant variations among varieties.
Days to maturity are from seedling emergence after direct sowing.
Culture: Very hardy. Early carrots can be sown by late April. For fall crop or winter storage, seed in early summer. Minimal germination temperature 40°, optimal range 60–85°. Can take up to 3 weeks to germinate; keep rows from drying out for faster emergence. Thinning is critical: At 3" high thin to ½" apart, at 6" thin again to 1-2" apart.
ALTS: Alternaria Leaf Spot
PM: Powdery Mildew
BR: Black Rot
TLS: Target Leaf Spot
LR: Licorice Rot
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.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.