Carrot, Danvers Half Long
Heirloom carrot developed in 1886.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
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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 Maturity75 daysFruit Size6-8 inchesSunFull SunSpread3 inchesHeight4-8 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin3 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Carrot, Danvers Half Long is rated out of 5 by 11.Rated 5 out of 5 by lynnski from Elevated Bed Experiment I 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: 2015-09-05Rated 5 out of 5 by JokerJim from Very tasty, very easy to grow I 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: 2015-07-20Rated 5 out of 5 by Gerdenanne from I planted some of these seeds mid-February 2015 First, 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!Date published: 2015-05-18Rated 4 out of 5 by WillyC from Good Flavor These carrots had good flavor. Improved even more in fall by letting a couple frosts go by. These carrots did seem to grow slower than the days to maturity says they should but at the end of the day, they tasted good.Date published: 2015-02-01Rated 5 out of 5 by gypsytnt from YUM I LOVE these carrots. Big, sweet, and OH SO DELICIOUS! AMAZING flavor!Date published: 2014-09-17Rated 5 out of 5 by Brutus from A great spring carrot! We've grown these for several years now and they never disappoint. The germination rate is above average. In our climate, we plant in February and harvest in early June, before the weather gets too hot. These beauties hold well and they've breezed through a couple of hot spells (90+ degrees) without it affecting their flavor or texture. Carrots average 1 inch across at the top and 8-10 inches long. They can get a bit hairy, but we'd peel them regardless. A nice, sweet carrot flavor. We've tried canning them in the past and they were ok, but we we mostly freeze them now. Would definitely recommend.Date published: 2014-06-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Salsalady from Sweet delciouis carrot I have plants this carrot again this year. Great crop and freeze wonderfully. When I take them out in the winter to make stew, they are as sweet as sugar. No other carrot can compare.Date published: 2013-08-29Rated 5 out of 5 by Whitney from Huge/Sweet Carrot!!! I have grown these for the past 5 years. Plant early spring and leave until early fall, when harvested they are carrots on steroids, some measure 2 inches in diameter and are incredibly sweet at that size!! Store very well also.Date published: 2012-01-06