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Carrot 'Lunar White'

Daucus carota subsp. sativus 'Lunar White'

Carrot, Wortel (Afr.)

Lunar White is a biennial carrot which is usually harvested as an annual. Lunar White is a sweet white carrot with green shoulders. It was popular in the 1600's in Northern Europe, but has since become scarce. They are pure white and almost coreless, with a mild taste.

Planning

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

Harvesting

Begin gathering baby carrots when big enough to eat to allow the remaining carrots to reach a larger size. If difficult to pull, make sure the ground is moist. To store carrots over winter, twist off the tops but do not wash them. Layer them in damp sand.

Propagation

Seed
Direct sow 1 cm deep and 30 cm apart. They take 1 to 3 weeks to germinate Sowing time: Spring/Summer;

Geography

Origin
Northern Europe
Natural climate
Cool climate

Environment

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

Uses

Edible
The taproot is edible and used fresh, cooked or preserved.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Apiaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

The carrot fly is drawn to carrots by the smell of crushed foliage. Reduce the risk by thinning plants in the evening on a still day, removing any thinnings and watering afterwards. They are low-flying insects: erecting a ‘wind-break’ style shield around the plants will keep the flies at bay.

Companion plants

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

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