'Wisco Orange' Carrot
Origin: Wisconsin via various sources
Improvement status: Cultivar composite
Seeds per packet: ~200
Germination tested 2/2022: 80%
Life cycle: Biennial
The 'Wisco Orange' carrot population was originally developed by the Organic Seed Alliance as part of the Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture project. From originally diverse parentage (albeit dominated by orange 'Nantes' types), this breeding population was selected for deep orange color, straight and attractive roots, and most of all for healthy tops, especially for resistance to Alternaria Leaf Blight. Since Circadian Organics received the roots shown in the picture above going back two years ago (in 2020), they have been selecting the population for uniformity, disease resistance, and flavor in challenging clay soils.
Good for storage and bunching.
With awesome potential for organic production, this is a great population for seed savers, ripe for further selection for uniformity and flavor.
This seed was grown by Dylan Bruce and Circadian Organics in the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin. Dylan and his talented crew have also pioneered an awesome new app called SeedLinked which allows people to easily share data and connect about seeds.
GROWING TIPS: Carrots can take a long time to germinate, sometimes up to three weeks, and at least 7-10 days. Keep soil wet so the seeds don't dry out. Direct seed in late April, May, or June. Thin to 1 inch apart in rows that 12-16 inches apart.