Hercules Hybrid carrot
Every year I grow Royal Chantenay carrots as the soil in my
garden is very heavy clay. Composted horse manure (free at stable) has helped keep it loose and well drained but the soil is shallow. My yard is basically a terrace as the lot
is carved out of a hillside. Luckily the lot is near the top of the slope as water drains downhill.
This year I tried growing Hercules Hybrid carrot instead.
The flavor is excellent and the short stumpy carrots fit my
soil profile well. The color of the roots is a nice bright
orange. It is much improved in flavor and color over Royal
The only bad news is that the carrot tops are super short!
I have never seen carrots with such short tops. I feed the tops (and some of the roots too) to my pet rabbit. This year she didnot get many tops.
I commend the the plant breeder who
introduced this hybrid carrot but will switch back to Royal
Chantenay for the future as I really need the tall tops.