Merlin F1 Hybrid Round Red Beetroot

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • 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.

CHARACTERISTIC: MERLIN
KIND: F1 garden beet hybrid (Beta vulgaris L. subsp. vulgaris var. conditiva Alef.)
MATURITY: 60 – 75 days for warm season production
SEASON: Warm
ROOT SHAPE: Round
CROWN SIZE: Small
SMOOTHNESS: Very smooth
INTERNAL COLOUR: Dark red
ZONING: Very light
SUGAR CONTENT: Very high (13 – 15 %)
TOP HEIGHT: 38 – 43 cm
LEAF HABIT: Erect
LEAF COLOUR AND GLOSS: Dark green / glossy
PURPLE IN LEAF (BETALIN PIGMENT): Low
BOLTING HABIT: Very slow to bolt
DISEASE REACTION (SCIENTIFIC):
Intermediate resistance: Cercospora beticola (Cb) and Peronospora farinosa f.sp. betae (Pfb)
PLANT POPULATION: 450 000 – 550 000 seeds per ha for normal roots. 600 000 – 800 000 for baby beet production
UNIFORMITY: Very good
MARKET USE: Fresh market, processing and baby beet production
SPECIAL FEATURES: Excellent yield, leaf colour stays green throughout growing season, very high sugar content, excellent for baby beet, processing and fresh market, and tall dark green tops can also be used for cooking