Daucus carota ssp. sativus
Daucus carota subsp. sativus is a plant that most domestic carrots are cultivated from. This subspecies resides in the Apiaceae family and it evolved from the Wild Carrot species, Daucus carota. Different subspecies evolved to adapt to different climates in different regions of the world. Carrots produce large edible taproots that can range in colour from white to yellow, red and purple depending on the variety. This plant produces thick, sweet, orange roots, termed Carrots. Another subspecies, Daucus carota subsp. carota produces thin, bitter-tasting, white and inedible roots.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Carrots can be harvested 8 - 12 weeks after sowing, or as soon as they have reached the preferred size.
Direct sow seeds 1 cm deep and rows 30 cm apart. Germination occurs in 10 to 20 days after which the seedlings should be thinned. Sowing time - Spring/Summer or right through the year in warmer climates.
Do not plant root crops on the same soil to prevent soil diseases. Rotate with other crops.
France Nantes Developed in the 1850's by Henri Vimorin
Soil PH preference
The taproot is edible fresh, cooked or preserved.
High vitamin A value! The beta-carotene helps good eye-sight.
Carrots can suffer from Thielaviopsis basicola (Black Root rot), Xanthomonas campestris pv. carotae (Leaf blight) and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (White mould)
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