Imperator is one of the four major groupings of Carrots, the others are Nantes, Danvers and miniature radish style carrots. Imperators are long straight tapered carrots generally measuring 8 to 11 inches long when fully grown.
There are a number of varieties of imperator carrots and they vary in size, texture and taste. Imperator 58 is by far the most popular and most successful among home gardeners. Vying for a distant second would probably be Sugarsnax and Cosmic Red Carrots.
Imperator 58 is a deep Orange color, with a crisp and usually coreless flesh. The tops / greens range from 13 - 20 inches. Unlike some other varieties they do not perform well in clay or coarse soils but prefer loose well drained soil. Soil should be tilled vigorously to at least a foot in depth.
They are not as sweet as many other varieties of carrots and generally have a strong but not unpleasant vegetable taste. They store well and are best [IMO] used either fresh or for cooking with soups and casseroles. An exception in the case of Imperator sweetness would be the sugarsnax strain.
Germination - Carrots are notoriously slow germinators. Anticipate up to 3 weeks. Also anticipate uneven germination over a period of a few weeks.
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