Dr. John Navazio bred this carrot and he developed a nutritional goldmine chock full of anthocyanins, antioxidants and with a lycopene content that rivals any tomato. This carrot is as lovely to behold as it is good to eat; it has a smooth reddish-purple skin and flesh that can range from yellow-orange to a bright pumpkin-orange with a yellow core. This carrot manages good, well-formed root growth they will be 7-8" in length), even in heavy or tight soil. Purple Dragon carrots have a spicy-sweet flavor that is simply delicious whether eaten raw, cooked, steamed or juiced. Try the Purple Dragon in a salad with yellow and orange varieties of carrots - it will be a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
Soil Temp. for Germination:……..55-80°F
Days to Germination:………………..6-21
Days to Maturity:………………………75
Sowing Indoors – Not recommended.
Sowing Outdoors –
- Direct sow from March through mid-July.
- Till and spade the bed deeply (12-16") to allow roots to elongate and develop to their full size.
- Wait until the soil is dry enough to form a clod-less growing medium when tilled.
- Carrots may be slow and erratic to germinate and the soil needs to be kept moist.
- Carrots require very little nitrogen, so fertilize cautiously.
- Work in plenty of organic matter, preferably in the fall.
- Carrot fly maggots can be controlled by covering the rows with a floating row cover at the time of planting.