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Beet, Burpee's Red Ball
A superb all-purpose beet with sweet flavored, tender, dark red flesh.
This is a classic Burpee bred variety with uniform roots 3" in diameter and smooth, deep red skin. It's been proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability. Baby beets make excellent eating, and harvesting them helps the remaining beets grow better. When planting, mix beet seeds with fast-sprouting radish seeds to mark the rows. Grows best in cool weather and full sun.
Sow beet seeds in well-worked soil after danger of frost in spring. In frost free areas, sow in fall. Sow thinly in rows 12" apart and cover with 1/2" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
How to Grow
Thin to stand about 3" apart when seedlings are 1-2" tall.
Pick the greens when they are 4-6" long and the roots are less than 2" in diameter. Store fall-harvested beets at 33-35°F at 95% humidity. Cook beet greens like spinach and can or pickle the roots. Beet roots can also be grilled, baked or broiled.