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Carrot, Kaleidoscope Blend

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Our exclusive blend of wild colors!

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We've combined five distinct colors of carrots in one special blend for a pretty rainbow effect that is sure to be noticed at the dinner table, even by the kids. After testing hundreds of carrot varieties, we developed this easy-to-grow mix of five crispy carrots: Atomic Red, Bambino, Cosmic Purple, Lunar White and Solar Yellow. Smoothly tapered roots grow to 8" x 2" in loose soil.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

Mix

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

75-80 days

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

8 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.

3 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

4-8 inches

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Container Vegetables - Carrots
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  • Carrots

    Carrots
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors 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 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 Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors 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
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
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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.
Type
Mix
Days To Maturity
75-80 days
Fruit Size
8 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
3 inches
Height
4-8 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
3 inches
Carrot, Kaleidoscope Blend is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dreadful Terribly bitter. They grew well, but no matter when I pulled them, the taste was almost ammoniac. couldn't eat them
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great garden color we get a real kick out of planting these every year for the kids to harvest. While they aren't the sweetest carrot they sure are fun and worth the enchanting smiles when your toddler pulls up a white or purple carrot!
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun carrots Just harvested a few, (about a week early.) They are easy to grow in my raised bed garden. Great flavor. Fun for the little ones to harvest, and they're eager to eat them! I highly recommend them.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so great I grew these this summer in my first garden. I was excited, but I really only got white carrots. Towards the end of the season, with my second crop, I got a few red and a few orange, but I never found and yellows or purples. I was also not impressed with the number of carrots I harvested either. I know it was a hot summer, and I wasn't taking care of them as much as I could have, but I expected more carrots. All in all I would go with a regular type of carrot and add this mix for fun if I had extra room. The nice thing about this mix... the white carrots were awesomely huge.
Date published: 2012-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Fun and Colorful As with most carrots, super germination. In general, these carrots are not as sweet, but they definitely add a colorful punch to salads and roasts. I will grow them again.
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YUMMAY!! This mix of carrots is so yummy! They all have different tastes, so its fun pulling them up based on what flavor im feeling like! They grow at the average carrot rate, which im glad because some burpee mixes of vegetables for some reason are slow growing. I recomend if you are looking for variety of color and flavor!!
Date published: 2012-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A rare Burpee disappointment Generally I'm not a fan of "mixed seed" packages because you really don't know what you're going to get. I planted a full row of these and only got 2 yellows. My biggest disappointment came when I brought the carrots in and peeled them for cooking. The "purple" carrots are purple on the outside only - orange when peeled. The white and purple varieties grew at a faster rate than the others and were actually going to seed by the time the orange and yellows were ready to harvest. I would not buy these again.
Date published: 2011-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous carrots! My carots never have quite as vivid colors as the ones in the picture, but it's still very cool to have multi colored carrots. They have a very nice flavor, but keep in mind that the white ones grow SOOO much faster than the other colors- so don't dig them all up just becasue you have a couple gigantic white ones.
Date published: 2011-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Mix I planted these because I thought they would be fun for my 3 year old to pick. They are so pretty! That being said, the taste was mediocre. The different varieties harvest at different times, so when we picked them we had a full spectrum range of colors and sizes.
Date published: 2010-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Colorful Bouquet! This is the first year I've tried this blend of seeds. I run a community garden at the local community college. The plot where we have our garden is terrible soil, all heavy clay with lots of rocks. These seeds performed wonderfully, with the majority sprouting and giving me some 6" long carrots of all colors, even in the hard, rocky soil! These carrots are flavorful with a wonderful aroma when picking them fresh. I've used them in salads and as part of a fresh veggie platter. I would definitely recommend these to others. The only complaint I could make would be that the purple carrots aren't purple all the way through. You just have to be gentle when washing so you don't rub off the outer purple layer. Other than that, these were great!
Date published: 2008-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For some unknown reason, I had never planted carrots before so these would be my first try. These carrots were so easy to grow! All the seeds seemed to take and the carrots were delicious and hardy and the carrot tops were abundant and great for soups, etc. I loved the variety of color even though no, the purple ones weren't purple all the way through (would have been really neat though). I really liked these!
Date published: 2007-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed with purple carrots We planned to sell these carrots to a local gourmet restaurant but it didn't work out that way because: 1. The purple carrots matured a week or two before the remaining types, so it was impossible to assemble a "bouquet" of same-size carrots with all the colors. 2. The purple carrots have only a very thin skin of purple on the outside, which rubs off easily when washed. On the inside they are orange.
Date published: 2006-10-07
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