OUT OF STOCK FOR 2022. 90 days. Orange, 6 – 7” long, tapered carrots that are sweet and delightful. In 2001 Dieter Bauer, a Biodynamic German farmer/ breeder began selecting Rodelika carrots for extra sweet taste … eight years later Leira was born! With hybrid carrots dominating the market, we are impressed with the vigor and uniform size & shape of this open-pollinated carrot. Plants have strong tops that compete well with weeds, making them easier to pull out of the ground as well. Plant this carrot July 1st and by October you will have incredibly sweet carrots with a profoundly juicy crunch … well worth the wait! Keep them in the ground longer and they will continue to sweeten, or store them over the winter and you can have tasty roots all winter long. In our trials, Leira was also super easy to clean – spray with a hose and voila – they’re clean! Makes great carrot juice. 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]]