Description – The first F1 hybrid cylindrical ‘Housewives’ Choice Beetroot with the sweetest of flavours. Beetroot Alto F1 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. Beetroot Alto is an easy to grow, space saving variety.
Sowing – Sow seeds March to July. Sow seeds thinly, 1cm (½in) deep in drills 30cm (12in) apart. Prefers well drained, moist, rich soil.
Growing – Thin seedlings to 5cm (2in) apart for ‘baby beets’ when large enough to handle, or 7cm (3in) for larger, heavier cylindrical roots.
Aftercare – Beets can be stored by lifting the remaining roots; twisting off the tops and storing in boxes of slightly damp sand in a frost-free shed or garage.
Harvest – June to October