Beets

Note: Germination instructions are not on seed packets, follow the instructions below for starting seed. 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
Seed Depth: 1/2" (13mm)
Germination soil temperature: 75-85 F (24-29C)
Days to Germination: 5
Sow indoors: 5 weeks before last frost
Sow outdoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost
Growing
pH range: 6.5-7.5
Growing soil temperature: 65-75 F (18-24C)
Spacing in beds: For greens, 2" (5cm) for summer use 3" (7.5 cm), for storage 4" (10cm)


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NPV015 Bulls Blood
Dual Purpose ornamental and edible, large deep red foliage, tolerates low light, 35-60 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $10.95
Package of 1,000 seeds. $24.95
NPVB06 Burpee Golden
Unique round golden root, non-bleeding, same texture and flavor as red beets, 55 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $10.95
Package of 1,000 seeds. $28.95
NPVA03 Chioggia
Bright pink and white interior rings, scarlet skin, sweet, green tops, pink striped stem, 58 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $10.95
Package of 1,000 seeds. $24.95
NPVB07 Cylindra Long Red
Cylindrical, dark red roots, 2 x 5", 58 days.
Package of 1,000 seeds. $8.95
NPVA04 Detroit Dark Red
Perfect for early greens or canning, 65 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $8.95
Package of 1,000 seeds. $15.95
NPVA05 Green Top Bunching
Tender green tops, tasty beets, both on the same plant! 58 days.
Package of 500 seeds. $9.95
NPVB08 Red Ace
F1, fast growing, smooth root, heat resistant, midsize crown, harvest short tops for greens, 53 days.
Package of 1,000 seeds. $9.95
NPVB09 Ruby Queen
Round root, smooth shoulder, small tap root, fine buttery smooth red interior, extra short tops, 55 days.
Package of 1,000 seeds. $9.95
NPV0152 Touchstone Golden Orange
Vibrant orange, gold flesh, globe shaped smooth root, works well for bunching, sweet mellow flavor, 57 days.
Package of 250 seeds. $9.95


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