With their striking red color, these carrots are sure to stir your curiosity. Atomic Red carrots are an Imperator-type, cylindrical root that grow 20-28 cm (8-11”) long and 2 cm (¾”) wide at the shoulder. Tops grow to a height of 30 cm (12”) and they have a spread 15 cm (6”) wide. The rich red colour is due to high levels of lycopene, a healthy antioxidant.
Carrots are cool season crops that can be grown in early spring or fall. Choose a location with full sun exposure and well-drained soil. Avoid soil that has rocks or is compacted, as this can cause the carrots to grow in a crooked manner. Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep, spaced 2.5-5cm (1-2”) apart in rows spaced 30-45cm (12-18”) apart. Keep soil evenly moist during the germination period, which typically takes 10-14 days. Thin seedlings to 5-10cm (2-4”) apart when they are 2.5-5cm (1-2”) tall. Carrots prefer soil that is loose, loamy, and well-draining with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Fertilize with a low-nitrogen fertilizer at planting time, and again 4-6 weeks later. Carrots can take 60-80 days to mature, depending on the variety. Regular watering and careful weeding are important throughout the growing season. Harvest carrots when they have reached the desired size and color, typically around 2.5cm (1”) in diameter. Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks after harvesting.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil that is loose and loamy. Soil pH: 6.0-7.0. Planting Depth: Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep. Germination: 10-14 days. Height at Maturity: 15-30cm (6-12”) tall. Days to Maturity: 60-80 days. Watering: Regular watering to keep soil evenly moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun exposure. Spacing after Thinning: Thin seedlings to 5-10cm (2-4”) apart.