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Carrot, Burpee A#1 Hybrid

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Super-carrot has landed!

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Easy to grow and full of vitamins, Burpee A#1 has more flavor and sugar than other carrots, plus it has twice the vitamin A. It's super-sized too-10-12" long, yet still tender and juicy. Taste how good a carrot can be! GARDEN HINTS: Sow seed in deep, well-worked stone-free soil after danger of heavy frost in the spring. Do not transplant because crooked roots may result. A 1,500 seed packet sows a 40' row.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

70 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

10-12 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-8 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Container Vegetables - Carrots
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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 Maturity
70 days
Fruit Size
10-12 inches
Full Sun
6-8 inches
18-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
3 inches
Life Cycle
Carrot, Burpee A#1 Hybrid is rated 4.375 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great No-Till Carrots. With the Potentinial for 12"-inch growth these are Great Carrots for No-Till Methods to improve Soil-Areration GROW these the first year in a New No-till bed; Great Natural TIlliage. GREAT NO-TILL CARROT'S!!!
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Carrots Ever Anywhere! In rocky clay-ey sandy silt soil at the bottom of a canyon, carrots did poorly for us until we found Burpee A#1. When properly thinned, it reliably produces carrots better than any on the market. These carrots are not only incredibly tasty, they are nice and uniform with smooth thin skin. The length seems to be limited only by how well I pick the little stones out of the garden bed, and by how deep I get it loosened. I do not want to grow little bitty short carrots, and these are the only ones I have found that will make long roots. Even when planted late, I have always had a good crop with this variety. The only time they make small roots is when I don't get them thinned, which seems to be best when I thin to 2" apart. I can't imagine why Burpee doesn't show this in the catalog I got in the mail. Last year I found some in a big-box store and bought several packets. Glad to see they are here on the website. Please, Burpee, please never discontinue these!
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stunted growth? Not sure what I did wrong, but I just couldn't get these babies to grow. (Aren't carrots supposed to be the easiest thing to grow? I'm a failed gardener! haha) I finally ended up yanking the whole batch of finger-sized carrots because I needed the garden space for fall planting, but they ended up very nice in a spicy pickle brine. I'm trying them again for fall.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT CARROT Over the past 45 years or so of gardening I have tried most varities of carrots and generally found that for my soil, growing conditions etc your Danvers & Nantes Half Longs produced best for me. This year in addition I planted your A#1 Hybrid for the first time. I have just completed my harvest and canning of my carrots The A#1 is OUTSTNDING, nicely tapered, excellent uniformity and best of all the taste is wonderful, both raw and cooked (last night for dinner). When I pealed them I could tell right away that the skin was much thinner and very uniform in texture. As this was a new varity to me I only planted 3- 4 foot long rows, but harvested enough A#1 carrots to can 2qts of whole carrots and 5 pints of diced carrots and have a bag full in the refrigator. Great carrot and I surley will plant more next season. PS: In our climate I never dig carrots until they have been hit by several hard frosts, we find that this really sweetens them up and that the core turns color to the same as the outside of the carrott. THANKS FOR A GREAT PRODUCT.
Date published: 2011-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice straight shaft I loved these carrots. They grew nice and straight. The seeds are a little larger so they are easier to handle. Nice sweet flavor and texture.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from funky carrots I bought a packet of these seeds and they have produced crazy looking carrots, i get a laugh everytime i pull one up! Normally i'd be upset about weird looking carrots but these just crack me up.. i have had some quite straight carrots but they just arent as funny..
Date published: 2009-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these carrots! I've never grown carrots before as I was always scared to try them since I've heard that they were hard to grow. I picked up a packet of these carrots at the store and figured why not. I grew them in a new raised bed which was only dug about 6 inches deep. I was worried that they would not do well however; I was wrong. First, they had an outstanding germination rate. Second, they were long and thin with an excellent flavor. Third, they did well in both the spring and falll; although, they did slow in the summer but they still tasted excellent. These are now a staple in my garden.
Date published: 2009-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious long pointed carrots If you like long, thin, pointed carrots with sweet flavor and virtually no core, these are for you. These carrots grow very long (6" or more) under proper conditions, so if your soil is rocky you will want to sift it at least 8-9" down for best results. These carrots really do need to be thinned per package directions or they will grow twisted around each other. No matter what I do, I always wind up with about 10%-20% "mutant" carrots (multiple roots and/or root stunted just below the surface). It has happened to me with 3 different kinds of carrot seed - not just the A#1 - so it is likely due either to my weather or soil conditions. Still, I figured it was worth mentioning as you may want to sow a bit more than you think you will need to get the expected yield. I recommend that you purchase a Burpee seed sower for these seeds if you don't have one already [Garden Gear section]. It is a frustrating back-breaker to try sowing these seeds without that handy little contraption! If you are a novice gardener, it may be easier for you to purchase carrot seed on tape. [Unfortunately right now Burpee doesn't offer seed tape for the A#1... maybe they will in the future...]
Date published: 2006-08-26
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