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Daucus sativa

Carrot

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Features

  • Height0.2m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.1m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourWhite yellow purple

Description

Daucus sativa (Carrot). This is sometimes classified as a subspecies of Daucus carota, since it was from here that many of the commercial carrot varieties were developed. The carrot is a popular root vegetable, The soil must be light and free of rocks, roots or weeds. Make sure you cultivate deeply and add peat in the autumn before the planting. The seeds are sown close together and thinned to 3 or 4ins apart. Remember to keep your soil evenly moist but not soaked. You will need to harvest the carrots starting in midsummer and continue on into the autumn.

Characteristics

Annual or Biennial, Vegetable

Origin

Europe, C. Asia, Africa, Australia, NZ

Interest and use

Culinary

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • SoilWell drained, Light
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Harvesting may start in Mid summer.

Propagation

Seeds are sown close together and thinned to 3 or 4 inches apart. Keep your soil evenly moist but not soaked.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Carrot root flies and slugs.

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