Purple Dragon is part of the Daucus genus and is a Carrot variety. Its scientific name is Daucus carota subsp. sativus 'Purple Dragon'. Purple Dragon is generally thought of as a open-polliated variety. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours: Pearly purple.
Reddish purple skin, orange flesh. Danvers-type roots grow 6-8 inches (12.5-17.5 cm) long, with a sweet, almost spicy flavor. These carrots contain the same amount of antioxidants and lycopene as tomatoes. Stores well.
Purple carrots were the first recorded in Asia Minor in the 10th century. Dragon purple was bred by John Navazio, from germplasm from the USDA in Madison, Wisconsin (USA) and is probably very closely related to Cosmic Purple Carrot, which was also developed by the USDA in Madison. Since Cosmic Purple was introduced in 2005, it’s unlikely that Dragon purple was released any earlier than that.A type of Vegetable, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Purple Dragon is known for growing to a height of approximately 15.0 cm (5.85 inches).
United States is believed to be where Purple Dragon originates from.
Typically, Purple Dragon Carrot is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.
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By our calculations, you should look at sowing Purple Dragon about 14 days before your last frost date.
Sow in deep, well-worked, stone-free soil after danger of heavy frost from spring to midsummer. Do not transplant, as crooked roots may result. Cultivate periodically or mulch to control weeds. Keep soil evenly moist.
Sow seed 1/4" deep in well-drained and well-worked soil; Sandy soil and peat-type are best. Thin to 2-3" apart. Can be planted 4-6 weeks before last frost-free date. Should not be sown in heavy frost. Seeds may be covered with hessian or similar until germination.
By our calculations, you should look at planting out Purple Dragon about 14 days before your last frost date.
This variety is ready to harvest in 70-90 days.Expect harvests to start to occur in late spring.
Purple carrots were grown by the ancient Egyptians, the Romans and the Chinese. This purple carrot, originally from China, was refined by Dr. John Navazio.