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Carrot 'Purple Dragon'  

Daucus carota subsp. sativus

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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.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Purple Dragon have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Purple Dragon

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Purple Dragon likes a position of full sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Purple Dragon is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Purple Dragon requires a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 6.0 - 6.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Purple Dragon from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.39 inches (1.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.23 inches (0.6 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 16°C / 61°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Purple Dragon about 14 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Purple Dragon

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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.

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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.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Purple Dragon is a very hardy plant.

By our calculations, you should look at planting out Purple Dragon about 14 days before your last frost date.

Harvesting Purple Dragon

This variety is ready to harvest in 70-90 days.

Expect harvests to start to occur in late spring.

Carrot Purple Dragon Etymology

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.

Other Names for Carrot 'Purple Dragon'


Latest Carrot 'Purple Dragon' Reviews

  • Wonderful carrot. Grew great in clay soil. Had very little cracking. Big carrots with a great taste.

    5 stars

    Kazedwards about growing Dragon

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