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Daucus carota 'Rocket'


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Rocket' is an early maturing variety which can be sown in frames or under cloches from February. Bright orange, cylindrical roots are produced, the young ones are excellent in salads. Carrots are ideal for free-draining soils, such as sandy soils, which warm up quickly in spring. For an early crop start sowing in March, if weather permits, in a warm, well-drained spot. Maincrop carrots, which are sown from April to July, are less fussy. Sow seeds thinly, in rows 30cm (12in) apart, to help minimise thinning out which can attract carrot fly.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Daucus

Species: carota

Cultivar: Rocket

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 8cm

Time to plant seeds: February to July

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