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Red carrots are a unique variety of carrots that have a vibrant red color and a sweet, slightly spicy taste. These carrots are not only visually appealing but are also packed with nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
Botanical name: Daucus carota
Plant morphology: The red carrot plant grows up to 1-2 feet in height and has feathery green leaves. The roots of the plant are long and cylindrical with a deep red color and smooth texture. The red carrot plant produces small white flowers that are clustered together in an umbel shape.
Soil and Climatic requirement: Soil: Red carrots grow well in well-drained, loamy soils with a pH range of 6.0-7.0. Climate: Red carrots thrive in cooler temperatures and are usually grown during the winter season in temperate climates.
Crop Duration: 70-80 days
Cropping season: September to January
Planting type: Direct sowing or transplanting
Spacing: 10-15 cm between plants and 30-40 cm between rows
Depth of sowing: 1-2 cm
Germination period: 06-20 days
Hours of sunlight required: At least 6 hours of sunlight per day
Watering: Regular watering is essential to maintain the soil moisture levels. Carrots need a consistent supply of water, but overwatering should be avoided as it can lead to root rot.
Companion crops: Carrots grow well with lettuce, onions, garlic, and tomatoes.
Seeds Treatment: Soak seeds in water overnight before planting to promote germination.
Harvesting: Red carrots are ready to be harvested when the roots are about 1-2 inches in diameter. Gently pull the carrots out of the ground, making sure not to damage the roots. The leaves should be trimmed off before storing.
Problems of Red Carrot cultivation
Pests: Carrot rust fly, aphids, cutworms, and nematodes.
Diseases: Carrot root rot, powdery mildew, and leaf spot.