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Vegetable Description: The origin of carrots is somewhat obscure, but early records from many civilizations refer to this colorful root. Carrots fulfilled medicinal purposes for thousands of years, being used for maladies as diverse as indigestion and cancer. The 19th century seed specialist Louis de Vilmorin introduced the French varieties of carrot such as Nantes and Chantenay, which both derive their names from their places of origin. After World War I, carrots became extremely popular in the United States, and are now produced commercially mostly in Texas, Michigan, and California.
Vegetable Botanical Name: Daucus carota
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Vegetable Duration: Biennial
Vegetable Days to Maturity: 70
Vegetable Seeds Per Oz: 15700
Vegetable Height: 12” to 18”
Vegetable Spacing: 2 in to 4 in
Vegetable Planting: Direct sow outside in early spring. Can be fall planted. Plant about 2” apart and 1/2“ below soil surface. Can sow closer, then thin later. Rows should be spaced at 18”-24” apart.
Vegetable Seed Saving: Allow seed heads to dry on plants; then remove heads, break them open, and collect seeds. Clean and dry the seeds before storage in cool dry conditions.
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