The Danvers 126 Carrot was introduced in 1947 and is adaptable and dependable. It is a heat tolerant carrot variety that works in a wide range of soil types. Danvers 126 is a stout and thick carrot that reaches on average of 15-18 cm, (6-7") long and about 5-7 cm (2-2½") wide at the shoulder. Tops grow to 45-61 cm (18-24”) tall and spread to 20-30 cm (8-12”) wide. It is considered a premier storage carrot. It resists cracking and splitting. The strong tops make it easier to pull this carrot. It is bright orange and is both, tender and sweet.
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.