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Carrot, Kaleidoscope Mix

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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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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

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
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
Life Cycle
Annual
Carrot, Kaleidoscope Mix is rated 3.3529411764705883 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good when cooked I grew these last year. I did not enjoy the flavor of the carrots when eating them raw, but the carrots were delicious when sauteed in a pan or roasted in the oven.
Date published: 2016-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from These did well for me I've sown at least one packet of these for the last four years (ever since I saw them available at the local DIY store). I plant in my raised beds, which have average soil ammended with some compost, and start in late May when the soil is fairly warm. They germinate reliably for me as long as I remember not to let the top layer of soil dry out, and by September I'll have roots anywhere from 3" to 9" (depending on how diligent I was in thinning them out along the way. We don't generally eat carrots raw - these are really sweet when steamed.
Date published: 2016-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible I planted these carrots last fall and again this spring. Both time, I didn't even get sprouts. Everything else came up in the garden, except for these. I followed Burpee's instructions both times too with no luck.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from All White I planted these carrots this spring. I've pulled at least 20 of them now and they've all been white. So much for a kaleidoscope! To top it off they aren't very good to eat. They're definitely not the worst carrot I've had but they are by no means sweet. Growing them for novelty would be fun if the colors were there but since I only got one color I'm pretty dissatisfied.
Date published: 2015-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth a shot in containers Tried growing these in containers for winter production in the South. One container was very prolific; all varieties produced except the red. Taste, texture and size were good. Gambled by sowing another two containers in January, but didn't work out.
Date published: 2015-02-28
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
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