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  Carrot: Imperator 58 (1g, 540 seeds)
Heirloom Imperator 58 Carrot Seeds | Grow Imperator 58  Carrots


 
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Imperator 58 is an All-American Selections award winner with great flavor and high quality roots! This carrot has uniform, dark-orange, slightly tapered roots that average 8-9" long with tender, crisp, coreless flesh. Strong 13-20" tops.

Recommended for deep loose soil.
Average: 75 days

Detailed planting instructions:

Plant in spring, 2 to 3 weeks before last frost, ½ inch deep, ½ inch apart, in rows 12 to 24 inches apart. Deeply worked soil with fine, weed-free seedbed will greatly improve chances of successful crop.

Carrots are slow to germinate (1 to 3 weeks), and often germinate unevenly over a period of several weeks. To speed germination, water lightly daily if soil is dry.

Thinning is critical to reduce competition from neighboring plants. Thin to 1- to 4-inch spacings (depending on size of root desired) before plants are 2 inches tall. Cutting rather than pulling reduces disturbance of the remaining plants.

To improve germination in dry weather: Make a small furrow, about 2 inches deep. Plant seed and cover with about ½ inch of soil. Cover furrow with a board to retain soil moisture until seeds germinate.

Tip: Sow radishes in the same row. They germinate quickly, break the soil crust, and mark the row. Thin and/or harvest radishes before they compete with carrots.

Use seed tape or pelleted seed for more even spacings and less thinning. Or mix seed in roughly equal proportions with sand, fine vermiculite, or dried coffee grounds.

Mulch to keep soil cool, conserve moisture and to keep exposed "shoulders" from turning green and bitter. Another option is to hill soil over the shoulders.

Make additional plantings every three weeks through midsummer for continuous supply and fall harvest. Sowing in very early spring is possible, but some varieties will bolt if temperatures are too cold. Plant crops for fall harvest about 10 to 12 weeks before first frost.

Root quality is best when soil temperatures are 60 F to 70 F. The shape of the root is determined within the first few weeks after germination when the new plant extends its taproot deep into the soil. If it encounters obstacles (such as rocks or high water table) or is damaged, shape and quality of the root will suffer.

To prevent diseases, don't plant carrots in the same spot more than once every 3 years.


HARVESTING

Begin harvesting carrots when they turn bright orange (normally 60 to 80 days after planting, depending on the variety).

Because all sizes of carrots are edible they can be harvested over a long period of time. One of the main benefits of growing carrots is that they will remain fresh in the soil for many months, even after the tops have been killed by frost. If your garden soil is well drained you can keep carrots in the ground and covered with leaves or straw until the soil begins to freeze.

Picking a small amount of carrots for a family meal can be done with a small hand trowel being careful to stay far enough away from the plant as to avoid damaging the carrot itself. Harvesting carrots on a larger scale can be done by using a pitchfork or shovel and dig alongside the row. Be careful not to stab or cut the roots of the carrot. Pull the tops up and shake the soil off the roots. Storing carrots is easily done and if done properly they will stay fresh up to 3 to 4 months. Simply wash off all excess soil and place them in airtight containers or plastic bags.


SAVING SEEDS

To harvest your carrot seed, keep an eye on the umbels of flowers, and cut them off with pruning shears as they start to turn brown and dry. If you have plenty of plants, just save seed from the first and second umbels of flowers to appear on each plant, as these will give the biggest and best seed. Dry the seed heads further inside, and then rub them between your hands or in a sieve to separate them. You will notice that the seeds have a 'beard' which is removed in commercial seed to make them easier to pack.

You can sieve the seeds further to remove more of the chaff, but there is no need to get the seed completely clean - just sow slightly more thickly to allow for the chaff mixed in.

Dried carrot seed is relatively short lived, but if it is stored somewhere cool and dry, it should give good germination for 3 years. Seeds can be safely stored for at least three years. Place seeds in jars, manila envelopes, cloth or mesh bags, plastic containers, or foil envelopes. The best containers are air-tight, such as a sealed glass jar, metal can, or foil envelope. Protect seed from sunlight.Store seeds in a cool (below 15 °C is ideal), dry location. Place the seeds in a refrigerator for long term storage.

Features
  • Comes in E-Z Lock resealable, reusable triple-layered foil packets
  • Seeds are open pollinated and can be grown, harvested, and replanted endlessly
  • Dried & sealed airtight for long-term storage
  • Nutritional value: A excellent source of Iron, Calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and niacin.


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haven't planted November 14, 2013
Reviewer: Kayla Williams from Iowa Park, TX United States  
They seem fine, I just wish they were in vacumed sealed bags.

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Shipment & Quality March 27, 2013
Reviewer: Judy Stearns from Clearwater, NE United States  
My order was shipped out extremely fast & the order was packaged so I could check off what I ordered to what was sent, really like that, & since I haven't planted anything yet as I am in NE, I can't wait, very happy with the price & the packaging.

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Great For Beginners January 24, 2013
Reviewer: Philip Stanley from Monroe, NC United States  
I haven't used any of the seeds yet but am anxious to do so when the weather gets better.

The packaging is awesome and contains instructions for planting and how long till harvest.

I will always buy my seeds here!

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Carrot: Imperator 58 (1g, 800 seeds) September 22, 2012
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Tyler, TX United States  
Items were well packaged and delivered promptly.  Seeds will be used at a later time.

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WONDERFUL!! May 21, 2012
Reviewer: Cassandra Austin from Hayden, ID United States  
Arrived just as expected and I am super excited for this years crop!! THX

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