Carrot, Big Top
Extremely sweet at all stages of harvest.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
How to Sow
- Carrots can be sown early, after danger of heavy frost is over. Sow every two weeks thereafter for continuous harvest, or simply sow a second crop in midsummer for fall harvest. In frost free areas, sow in fall.
- Carrots do not like to be transplanted and are best sown directly into the garden bed. Sow carrot seeds in deep, well-worked soil in full sun. Straight roots require soil that is light, loosened deeply, and free of stones, so prepare a carrot planting thoroughly. Consider using a soil amendment such as compost if your soil is heavy. If you choose long carrot varieties, your soil will need to be worked more deeply.
- Sow thinly in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ½ inch of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
- Since seedlings have fine leaves it may be beneficial to plant radish along with your carrot seed. The radishes will be harvested well before carrots form and act as a guide to the carrot row.
- Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
- Thin carrot plants to stand 1 inch apart when seedlings are 3 inches high.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
- Deep, consistent watering and soil well-enriched with compost help carrots form high quality roots by encouraging lush leafy tops that shade the roots, helping to prevent "green shoulders."
- Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- To make harvesting easier, soak your carrot bed with water before pulling. Twist the tops off while pulling the roots up.
- You can leave carrots in the ground after the first frost. In cold climates, pull carrots up before the ground freezes. In warm climates, you can harvest carrots all winter.
- Cut the greens off the top after harvest to about ¼ - ½ inches above the shoulder. This will help the carrot to keep longer as the greens can take moisture from the root.
- Carrots store best at 32-38 degrees F at 98% humidity.
- You can store them in the refrigerator in plastic bags, or they may be blanched and frozen for later use.
- Carrots may be canned or pickled as well.
Days To Maturity65-80 daysFruit Size8 inchesSunFull SunSpread3 inchesHeight4-8 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin3 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Carrot, Big Top is rated out of 5 by 4.Rated 5 out of 5 by o___0 from Excellent fresh carrot Not sure why Asian style carrots are not more popular. Big Top is not much different from the common carrot except really good quality that can be picked small or let it grow big through summer and it's still quality. It is simply a very good carrot, and the bigger size increases your edible yield in the home garden. Good vigor, handle summer well.Date published: 2016-01-28Rated 5 out of 5 by Midwest from Fantastic Carrots! Planted the Big Top seeds last week of May. Started harvesting them the last week of July. Those were small but delicious. The ones I left in the ground are now finding their way to our dinner table and they are just as delicious, but much BIGGER!. Have been giving some to family and friends and hey all love them. Will be planting Big Top again next year.Date published: 2013-08-26Rated 5 out of 5 by Donald from Greatest Carrot Big Top is the greatest tasting carrot! Not only is it the taste, but it does not matter as to the size. This carrot does not get woody- many of my carrots are over 3 inches across at the top and are absolutely delicious and tender. I have grown them for several years and they are never a disappointment.Date published: 2008-12-31Rated 5 out of 5 by Hugo from Excellent Flavor; great productivity I planted this carrot fairly late in the season (around the beginning of August) and didn't know if it had time to mature before the fall frost. I was quite surprised at the overall size, consistancy, and flavor of this carrot. It was easy to grow and produced an excellent yield.Date published: 2008-03-16