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Beets Seed

Useful gardening information

Beets are popular in the home garden because they are relatively easy to grow and practically the whole plant can be eaten. Beets can be grown for their root qualities which include different shapes and sizes as well as red, yellow or white colors. The tops or greens, when young, are excellent in salads and when the plant is older, can be cooked. The greens are even more nutritious than the roots.

Beets prefer a cooler climate although they are tolerant of heat. Temperatures of 60 to 65 F and bright sunny days are ideal for beet plant growth and development. They can withstand cold weather short of severe freezing, making them a good long-season crop.

Beets prefer loose, well-drained soils but will tolerate a wide range. Remove stones and debris since this will hinder growth. In high clay soils, add organic matter to improve soil structure and to help avoid crusting after rainfall. Beets also make an excellent raised bed crop since soils are generally less compacted and there is less foot traffic. Beets are also sensitive to soil acidity. A low soil pH results in stunted growth. They prefer a pH of 6.2 to 6.8 and will tolerate 6.0 to 7.5.

Sowing Instructions

Seed Depth: ½" (13mm)
Germination soil temperature: 75-85º F (24-29ºC)
Days to Germination: 5
Sow indoors: 5 weeks before last frost
Sow outdoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost

pH range: 6.5-7.5
Growing soil temperature: 65-75º F (18-24ºC)
Spacing in beds: For greens, 2" (5cm) for summer use 3" (7.5 cm), for storage 4" (10cm)

Informative articles found on the web:

Beets: Recipes for Health
Health Benefits of Beets
The Wonders of Beets
FB108 Ruby Queen
Round root, smooth shoulder, small tap root, fine buttery smooth red interior, extra short tops, 55 days.
 750mg Package ( about 50 seeds ) $1.95
JF323 Red Cloud Hybrid
60 days. Red Cloud comes from the same breeding line as the classic beet Red Ace, but is improved in both flavor and garden performance!
Great for dicing, slicing and whole baby beets.
The roots are smooth, round, and glossy, with a dark red sheen that hints at the rich flavor within. Extremely high sugar content makes Red Cloud one of the most flavorful beets you can find and the improved top strength makes it easy to harvest and very robust in the garden!
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FB109 Red Ace
F1, fast growing, smooth root, heat resistant, mid-size crown, harvest short tops for greens, 53 days.
 2g Package $1.95
IM129 Bulls Blood
Dual Purpose ornamental and edible, large deep red foliage, tolerates low light, 35-60 days.
 1.5g Package ( about 70 seeds ) $1.95
IM130 Blankoma
Rare pure white conical root, nutritious, green top, 80 days.
 650g Package ( about 50 seeds ) $1.95
Detroit Dark Red Improved Hybrid
An old time favorite made even better! This one has excellent color, flavor and shape and produces in only 58 days.

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2021 Burpee Golden
Burpee's, round orange roots which turn golden yellow when cooked and do not bleed like red beets. Delicious beet flavour. Tops are excellent as cooked greens. Best when picked small, but still retain their flavour when larger. Great for salads and pickling.
  5cc Package ( 100+ seeds ) $1.95
2022 Italian Chioggia
52 days. This Italian heirloom has beautiful pink skin and red and white rings on its interior. Try grating the roots raw into salad as well as cooking them. The greens are mild with a good flavor and can be added to salads or cooked.
  5cc Package ( 100+ seeds ) $1.95
2418 Early Wonder
An old heirloom, pre-1811 variety. Early, smooth round beet, makes lots of tender tall greens too! Perfect pickled, fresh cooked, or in borsch.
  5cc Package ( 100+ seeds ) $1.95