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Heirloom carrot developed in 1886.
Market gardeners in Danvers, Massachusetts, developed this variety and shared it with Burpee in 1886. The root is a rich, dark orange and is 6-8" long. A first-class carrot for all soils.
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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.
The average size of the fruit produced by this product.
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.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
Start Indoors Fall
Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
Start Outdoors Fall
Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
First Date: Apr-18 - Last Date: Jul-25
First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-17
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
2-4 weeks BLF
Carrot, Danvers 126 is rated
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Rated 4 out of
Amazing taste, frustrating to growI planted two rounds of these carrots this year, one spring crop and one fall crop. The spring crop was pathetic, barely worth harvesting. My *biggest* carrot from that crop was half an oz and only 3" long. The fall harvest was much better, but still my biggest carrot was only 6" long and 1.5 oz. They took considerably longer than 75 days as well, with both crops taking around 110 days. The flip side, though, is that the taste of these is incredibly. Very complex, with a slightly spicy finish. I'd grow them again for the taste alone, but if you're looking for a short DTM or a show stopping carrot size, look elsewhere.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 1 out of
So, just me-This carrot has worked so well for other reviewers, I figured it was a no-brainer! I planted 3 to a hole x 15 holes in my square foot garden. Three months later, I have four healthy sprouts. Starting to think I got a bad bag?
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 2 out of
Not growing for meI bought these (at a store). I watched the video, and followed the instructions for planting in a container. I had absolutely no luck. I don't want to waste the seeds, so I am trying again, and planting in my garden this time. (Hopefully it's not too late). I have bought lots of Burpee seeds this year. So far, very "hit or miss". Thanks
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of
Tasty CarrotsI bought these seeds 3 years ago. That year was the first time I've ever tried growing carrots and also was my first year trying a vegetable garden. The seeds germinated as advertised, but took slightly longer to reach harvest size. This was likely due to my error and having soil in the garden that was slightly too compact. It was a newly established garden. That being said, the carrots were THE BEST tasting carrots I've ever had and my wife agrees. I've taken the last two years off planting this variety so I can work on getting some more organic matter into my garden to soften up the soil. Next year I will be attempting to grow a lot of carrots, particularly this variety.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of
Average resultsI grew six different types this year (Danvers, little fingers, Kaleidoscope, Scarlet Nantes, Short ’n Sweet, and Sugarsnax) and with these I got average results. I've grown these a couple times in the past and got about the same results. The best carrots I've ever grown were Sugarsnax.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of
Elevated Bed ExperimentI have grown these before and loved them. This year I experimented with an elevated bed due to aging knees. It turns out that these carrots grow just as well and are easier to harvest in the elevated bed. I think they matured earlier too.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of
Very tasty, very easy to growI planted about 100 seeds in April, they grew slower than I thought and were all about 5" or so, but they are very tasty and super crunchy. I made a couple of glasses of carrot and apple juice with these and I felt sad when I got to the bottom of the glass, no more....
Delicious, although they did not reach the 6-8" length.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of
I planted some of these seeds mid-February 2015First, we had a very light frost after I planted them, Second, they are marked sell by 11/12. I'm just one of those who say "what the hey, you paid for them, so plant 'em. See what comes up." I probably bought them on clearance in 2013. I was delighted that ANY of them came up. But I have about half a doaen plants. I mentioned to my husband that it was time to harvest them, and he replied he pulled one up weeding and it was only about 1" long, so he put it back in. I don't know why they are short, and I cannot yet report on their flavor. I just wanted to point out that having any seed that old come up and produce anything has been a delight. That's the first two critical elements of a review, to me. I gave them excellent for sprouting more than 2 yers after their sell by date. ,Also should have an update re flavor and sweetness because I plan to harvest them all tomorrow and find out! Will definitely trying them again!