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Beetroot
Alto
Beetroot Alto
Scientific Classification
Species: Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris var. vulgaris
Heirloom
Cross
Hybrid
Tick
Open pol
Cross
Plant Data
Min germination temp: 13°C (55°F)
Max germination temp: 24° (75°F)
Germination time: 13 days
Time to harvesting: +50 days
Mature height: 35cm (14in)
Mature spread: 20cm (8in)
Soil type: Loam
Ideal pH range: 6.5 - 7.0
Sow depth: 1cm (½in)
Sow row spacing: 30cm (12in)
Growing plant spacing: 5cm (2in)*
7cm (3in)**
* For baby beets
** Fuller cylindrical roots
References: [1]

Alto is a cylindrical variety of beetroot. It has uniform, straight roots which have a smooth rich red skin and flesh colour, free from rings making them easy to prepare. Roots stand proud above the soil, but can be earthed up, and remain in good condition for long periods. Alto is an easy to grow, space saving variety.[1]

PlannerEdit

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sow outdoors
Harvest

GrowingEdit

Main article: Beetroot - Growing

SowingEdit

Sow seeds March to July. Sow seeds thinly, 1cm (½in) deep in drills 30cm (12in) apart. Prefers well drained, moist, rich soil.[1]

ThinningEdit

Thin seedlings to 5cm (2in) apart for 'baby beets' when large enough to handle, or 7cm (3in) for larger, heavier cylindrical roots.[1]

HarvestEdit

July-October. Twist the tops off the roots rather than cutting them to prevent 'bleeding'.[2]

TroublesEdit

Full troubles list: Beet troubles

ReferencesEdit

  1. a b c d Beetroot: Alto F1 Hybrid (Seeds). Thompson & Morgan. Retrieved: 2010-09-11.
  2. (2010). Beetroot Boltardy - Seed Packet. Unwins. Cambs.
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Beetroot varieties
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