85 days. We have been growing Dragon since 2005 because we love it so much! Bred by master organic plant breeder John Navazio, founder of the Organic Seed Alliance. This carrot exhibits a unique purple exterior, orange flesh and yellow core. How cool is that? But more importantly, it tastes sweet and eats like a carrot should. At maturity, Dragon is 1½" thick, 7" long, and tapers at the tip. Grow it in spring, summer or fall. We like growing it in the fall in the hoophouse—this allows Dragon to develop an intense sweetness. Good storage carrot. Ever been disappointed with the taste of other colored carrots? Dragon won't disappoint. Sweetest when grown in the fall. MH[[end tab]] [[start tab]]
Growing Instructions (for USDA zone 5b):
Carrots grow best in loose soil. Sow seeds directly outdoors April 15 – July 31, ¼” deep, ½” apart in rows 20” apart. Keep seeds consistently moist (you can cover them with row cover fabric to help keep them moist by shading them). Days to germination: 7-21 days (depending on soil temperature). Carrots need full sun, regular water, and to be kept well weeded. Carrots will be sweeter when grown during cooler weather. Sow seeds every 3 weeks for a continuous supply of carrots.
Harvest carrots as they mature (Dragon will turn red/purple). During hot weather, carrots should be harvested as soon as they are mature so that they don’t become tough and starchy (you can store them in the fridge). In cool fall weather, carrots will sweeten and can stay in the ground until the soil begins to freeze – try placing a bale of straw on top of the carrots and this will delay ground freezing.
Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):
Carrot is a difficult seed saving crop. They are cross pollinated by insects and will easily cross with the common, wild Queen Anne’s Lace as well as all other carrots. Carrots are biennial – the roots need to survive the winter (in a hoophouse or root cellar) in order to flower in year two. Inspect roots and only allow good roots to flower for seed. Minimum population size: 25. Isolation: ½ mile or caging.[[end tab]]