Falcon F1 Hybrid Round Red Beetroot

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • VERY EARLY MATURING WITH HIGH YIELD POTENTIAL
  • HEAT TOLERANT – PERFECT FOR HOTTER GROWING  CONDITIONS
  • EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY – UNIFORM, SMOOTH, GLOBE SHAPED ROOTS WITH A DEEP RED EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL COLOUR
  • ATTRACTIVE TAPROOT – FINE AND NEAT
  • VIGOROUS FOLIAGE – TOPS SLOW TO PURPLE IN COOL SEASON
  • EXCELLENT BOLTING TOLERANCE

Falcon is an excellent choice for growers interested in a heat tolerant hybrid beetroot variety. Falcon has exceptional vigour and is an early maturing variety suitable for year-round production in frost-free areas.  Falcon produces attractive, high quality, uniform, globe-shaped roots which are complemented with a small, refined crown and taproot, smooth skin and dark red external and internal root colour.  The vigorous, upright foliage is not prone to purpling in the cool growing season.  Falcon is suitable for the bunched, fresh, pre-pack and processing markets.

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.
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Description

CHARACTERISTIC*: FALCON
KIND: F1 hybrid round red beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.)
SOWING SEASONAL: All year round
MATURITY: Very early.
Warm season: 55 – 75 days from sowing.
Cool season: 90 – 100 days from sowing. Note: maturity depends on sowing date, production location and seasonal variations.
ROOT DIMENSIONS: Medium to large (55mm – 95mm). Root size is influenced by the plant population
ROOT SHAPE: Globe to blocky
ROOT UNIFORMITY (SHAPE AND SIZE): Excellent
EXTERNAL ROOT/SKIN COLOUR: Dark red
INTERNAL ROOT/FLESH COLOUR: Dark red
INTERNAL ZONING: Little, faint
ROOT SKIN SMOOTHNESS: Very smooth
ROOT TASTE/BRIX (SUGAR CONTENT): Mildly sweet, average BRIX (8 – 10%)
TAPROOT APPEARANCE: Short, fine and neat
TOP/FOLIAGE HEIGHT: Medium tall,  30-35cm
LEAF/FOLIAGE HEALTH AND HABIT: Upright
LEAF/FOLIAGE COLOUR AND GLOSS: Dark green and glossy
PERCENTAGE LEAF PURPLING: Very low
CROWN SIZE: Small
LEAF ATTACHMENT (SIZE AND STRENGTH): Medium and average
BOLTING REACTION: Very slow to bolt – high tolerance
SUGGESTED SOWING DENSITY: Density depends on the season, sprout count, size requirement of the roots and the target market/uses of the final product, however we suggest:
Pre-pack beetroot: 350 000 – 550 000 seeds per hectare.
Processing/larger beetroot: 250 000 – 350 000 seeds per hectare
MARKET USES: Bunched, fresh market, pre-pack and processing
SPECIAL FEATURES, BENEFITS AND REMARKS: Excellent variety for summer production, high yield, medium-tall foliage which stays green throughout the growing season making it attractive for consumption/cooking. The seed is available in a range of different seed sizes.