Carrot 'Cape Market'

Daucus carota ssp. sativus 'Cape Market'

Carrot, Wortel (Afr.)

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Cape Market is a sweet, medium to large carrot that is a widely adapted, hybrid open pollinated variety for a home garden and bunching. This variety produces high yields of carrots with a good shelf-life. The root has a very strong stem attachment making it suitable for bunching. Uses: Culinary
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Carrots can be harvested roughly 3 months after sowing, or as soon as they have reached the preferred size - baby carrots are soft and wonderful.

Propagation

Seed

Space seeds at least 1 cm apart at a depth of 1 cm. Sow in rows and thin after germination (10-14 days). Sowing time: spring or summer

Special features

Pot plant

Can be planted in a pot as long as it is wide enough and deep enough. Min: 20 cm x 20 cm

Crop rotation

Light feeder, can be rotated as part of the root vegetable group. Do not replant in the same soil however, but rotate with not root crops.

Special features

Origin

South Africa

Natural climate

Cool climate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Edible

The taproot is edible and a great source of beta-caroteen.

Medicinal

Believed by the Ancient Greeks to be a stomach tonic, it is still widely used in health drinks or juices, particularly for its high levels of vitamins (particularly vitamins A and E).

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Apiaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

Carrot root flies are maggots that feed on and destroy the roots of many root crops. Control by harvesting plants as soon as possible. Forked roots may be due to rocky or stony soil or heavy soil. Carrots can suffer from Thielaviopsis basicola (Black Root rot), Xanthomonas campestris pv. carotae (Leaf blight) and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (White mould)

Companion plants

Lettuce, onions, radish, tomatoes, basil, parsley, rocket
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