Post by ottawagardener on Nov 5, 2017 15:39:00 GMT -5
So, I"m growing out some black carrot that was given to me by a plant friend. Anyhow, I didn't even know it was black carrot until someone pointed out the colour to me. He's from Turkey and all his seed was from farmer friends. These are wider shouldered than those I"ve seen online. It's a very exciting carrot to me and I intend on growing to seed. I figure they might be more tender for overwintering so I don't want to risk trying them in ground the first year. About half I hope to isolate and the other half I'd like to add to a highly coloured carrot project that I"m working on.
Love to hear from others that might know the cultivar.
Garden is a clearing in the woods grading from shallow, rocky soil supporting a maple bush to a pine forest planted on sandy soil and a clay bottomland with spruce and tamarack.
I was growing a black carrot called 'Pusa Asita' but I lost the lot this past wither to rot. I have always overwintered in the ground but it was just too cold and wet this year I sowed all my seed so I can't even grow them again as you can't import carrot seed into Aus now.
I was growing a black carrot called 'Pusa Asita' but I lost the lot this past wither to rot. I have always overwintered in the ground but it was just too cold and wet this year I sowed all my seed so I can't even grow them again as you can't import carrot seed into Aus now...I like the look of that 'Pusa Asita', we can import carrot seed here so i'm going to hunt some seed down as i would like to grow another carrot next year and something like that would be great to add to our website. Good luck with your grow out ottawagardener
Be aware that the Pusa Asita seed that I originally got had terrible germination and I had to cross it with Purple Dragon to get the germination up, then just keep culling to get back the black right through and purple flowers back. I was nearly there when I lost my seed. And, the juice stains everything, I had a friend take some to dye fabric and it turned out beautiful.
Post by philagardener on Nov 13, 2017 6:28:22 GMT -5
Baker Creek had all sorts of supply problems with Pusa Asita about two years back. They brought it in with a lot of hype and then lots of folks got poor germination and plants that weren't true to type. BC pulled it from their listings after that and it hasn't been re-offered.
Ive found bring in seed from overseas does produce poor germination, ive recently bought in root chervil from the UK, one whole packet has produced 4 seedlings, but its a start and that germination should get better. rowan could Pusa Asita germination have improved in time?
Last Edit: Nov 13, 2017 13:15:02 GMT -5 by richardw
I don't have much to add to the conversation except that I did snag some Pusa Asita from BC this year. I'll sow half in spring to see how it tastes/performs, then I'll sow the other half in the summer to over-winter and hopefully get some seed.
This is along with my idea of doing a landrace carrot, so I'm hoping the "black" gene is pretty dominant - as I'll likely not be quarantining it.