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Atomic Red Carrots

Atomic Red carrot

Atomic Red carrot

Atomic Red carrot

Atomic Red carrot

These brilliant red carrots will certainly stand out on the dinner table. These crisp roots show off their flavor best when you cook them. Cooking also releases the lycopene in the carrots—a compound shown to help prevent some cancers. At full maturity, these carrots can measure up to almost a foot long!

Sun Exposure

  • full sun (six to eight hours) to partial shade

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 3 to 9


  • thin to 2 to 3 inches apart
  • space rows 12 to 18 inches


  • 1 to 1.5 inches per week; don’t let soil dry out


  • direct sow; carrots do not transplant well
  • sow in late spring after danger of heavy frost is past
  • sow fall crop mid-summer in milder regions
  • these grow up to 12 inches long; make sure soil is loose and unobstructed
  • 65 to 75 days to maturity

Have you ever tried growing Atomic Red carrots? Are there any challenges you face growing them? Please tell us your best tips for growing Atomic Red carrots.


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