Beet - Detroit Dark Red - Beta vulgaris (Crassa group)
Biennial Heirloom. This is a fine mid-season variety with a rich, dark-red interior and uniform 3" shape. An early variety, Detroit Dark Red beets store well and are also good for canning and freezing. The dark-green leaves, striped with red, are wonderful braised or in salads.
Soil & Water: Beets are easily grown; they prefer deep, loose soil and even, moderate water. Mulch once established to protect the roots from heat.
Planting & Growing: Soak seeds for at least 12 hours before planting to promote germination. Space 2" for greens, 3" for summer harvest beets, and 4" for storage growing beets. Tolerates light shade. Beets grow best with cool soil in spring and fall.
Harvesting & Storage: For best flavor, harvest roots while they are 1"-3". To minimize moisture loss in the roots, twist off the greens. Roots store well in humid, cool conditions. Greens should be eaten within 1 or 2 days of picking.
Did You Know? One beet has only 35 calories and is high in folic acid (especially important for pregnant women).
Soil Temperature: 50-85F
Planting Depth: 1/2"
Germination: 5-10 Days
Height At Maturity: 2"-4"
Days To Maturity: 59-70 Days
Sun/Shade: Partial Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 2"-4"
Approx Seeds per 1/4 lbs: 6,300 seeds
Peaceful Valley Brand vegetable seeds are all Certified Organic.
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