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The original Danvers Carrots were bred by farmers in Connecticut and were in use in Danvers Massachusetts when Burpee first got hold of them.
Since the introduction of the original Danvers "Half-Long" Carrot in the 1880s several other strains have appeared - Danvers 126 from the 1940s is most notable of these and is considered an improvement on the original strain.
When Bugs Bunny first uttered "Whats up doc" he was probably chewing on a Danvers Carrot. They are stocky with a pointy tapered tip - firm with a crisp texture and juicy with a sweet flavor. Danvers is a hardy short season carrot that produces well in heavy North Eastern soils, which has added to its popularity.
Germination - Carrots are notoriously slow germinaters. Anticipate up to 3 weeks. Also anticipate uneven germination over a period of a few weeks.
Direct Seeding is best, not transplants. Begin Planting seeds in early spring, 2 to 3 weeks before last frost. After planting, it's imperative that you keep the upper inch of soil consistently moist until the seedlings emerge. Carrot seeds have a vary hard coat that must be kept moist in order to soften them for germination
Carrot seeds will germinate in soil temperatures as low as 50 degrees, but in the vicinity of 70 degrees is best for quicker germination and less seed loss.
Maturity at 70-75 days.
Spacing - 2 to 4 inches apart. This is not always possible when planting seed so plan to thin your carrots as they emerge to attain adequate spacing. Allow them to attain a respectable size before thinning - some of the carrots you've removed should be useable.
Color -Deep Orange
USDA Hardiness Zones 3- 11
Fruit Size 7-9" Long X 1 - 1.5 " Round
Full Sun / Light Shade
Carrots are cold hardy and will survive fall chills, let some of your carrots stay in the ground until after the first frost. You'll find that the cool weather increases their sweetness.