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Carrot 'Cape Market'

Daucus carota subsp. sativus 'Cape Market'

Carrot, Wortel (Afr.)

Cape Market is a sweet, medium to large carrot that is a widely adapted, hybrid open pollinated variety for a home garden and bunching. This variety produces high yields of carrots with a good shelf-life. The root has a very strong stem attachment making it suitable for bunching. Uses: Culinary

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Carrots can be harvested roughly 3 months after sowing, or as soon as they have reached the preferred size - baby carrots are soft and wonderful.

Propagation

Seed
Space seeds at least 1 cm apart at a depth of 1 cm. Sow in rows and thin after germination (10-14 days). Sowing time: spring or summer

Special features

Pot plant
Can be planted in a pot as long as it is wide enough and deep enough. Min: 20 cm x 20 cm
Crop rotation
Light feeder, can be rotated as part of the root vegetable group. Do not replant in the same soil however, but rotate with not root crops.

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Cool climate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The taproot is edible and a great source of beta-caroteen.
Medicinal
Believed by the Ancient Greeks to be a stomach tonic, it is still widely used in health drinks or juices, particularly for its high levels of vitamins (particularly vitamins A and E).
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Apiaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Carrot root flies are maggots that feed on and destroy the roots of many root crops. Control by harvesting plants as soon as possible. Forked roots may be due to rocky or stony soil or heavy soil.

Companion plants

Lettuce, onions, radish, tomatoes, basil, parsley, rocket

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