Purple Haze Carrots Experience
Growing the carrots have became personal for me when my last year's carrots failed. I'm determined to see a success so I tried again this year with purple haze carrots though I didn't have high hopes. To my delightful surprise, they're doing well. Not as long as you'd find in the supermarkets but I'm happy regardless!
Sow to Harvest
August 3, 2012 - October 30, 2012
88 days. On the seed package, it says 95 days. I actually thought it's more than 95 days when I pulled one carrot up to see how it's doing down there, oops! I'll leave rest in the pot for a while.
I grew the carrots in two pots: Black and white pots.
I can say that the white pots are terrible! They sprouted then... nothing. They were still alive, beautiful green and straight up, but they... just don't grow beyond a couple inches. After a second year of growing plants, it's now cemented in my mind that the dark pots are best for my plants in my cool seasons as it keeps them warm so they can actually grow. The carrots in black pot did beautifully. In fact, little too well. They skyrocketed - well relatively for plants. My supposedly fast-growing lettuce in white pot in same sow date, looked so small next to the carrots.
I got nervous because of my past experience with carrots. I couldn't see the roots poking out of the soil and I thought it might means they're all tops and no root. I pulled one carrot up and to my surprise, they're bigger than I thought they'd be. Yay!
Boo on white pots.
Yay on black pots.
I apologize for poor lighting and blurs on my second photo. Hope it's still clear enough to see.