EARLY TO MID-MATURING RED BEETROOT
ADAPTED TO WARM SEASON PRODUCTION
GLOBE SHAPED ROOTS WITH DARK RED EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL COLOUR
HIGH SUGAR CONTENT – PREFERRED BY PROCESSORS
Merlin is an early to medium maturing hybrid red beetroot, adapted for summer production. Merlin has smooth, uniform, deep red, globe shaped roots with a small crown and refined taproot. Merlin offers higher sugar content (12 – 15%) in comparison to standard beet varieties. Due to its high sugar content, Merlin is a perfect choice for processors, fresh market growers and home gardeners. In addition, Merlin is also suitable for baby leaf and baby beet production. Merlin is less prone to zoning during warm conditions/heat stress. Merlin has intermediate resistance to Cercospora leaf spot/Cb (Cercospora beticola) and Downy mildew/Pfb Peronospora farinosa f.sp. betae. The latter ensures that the tops remain erect and healthy for optimum production and visual appeal in bunching.
SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS
- Sakata do not recommend sowing during April, May and June in areas prone to heavy frost.
- Contact a Sakata area representative for a beetroot sowing guide.