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Beet, Burpee's Golden

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Sweet, mild flavor with an inviting gold color.

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HEIRLOOM. A color breakthrough! When we introduced this savory golden beet in the 1940s, it won over gardeners who wanted a beet with a sweeter, milder flavor. Others just loved the inviting gold color. Globes reach 2" across.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

55 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

2 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8-10 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Container Vegetables - Beets
Growing beets in containers is easy in early spring and again in the fall.
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How to Sow

  • Sow beet seeds in well-worked, well-drained soil in full sun after danger of frost in spring. In frost free areas, sow in fall.
  • Beets are sensitive to acidic soils and prefer a pH of 6.0 – 7.0. If your soil is more acidic, add Garden Lime as directed on the bag.
  • Sow thinly in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ½ inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
  • Thin to stand about 3" apart when seedlings are 1-2" tall. Note that beet seeds are actually clusters of seeds and require more thinning than other crops.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Pick the greens when they are 4-6 inches long and the roots are less than 2 inches in diameter.
  • Harvest roots at 1 inch for baby beets, up to 3 inches for mature beets.
  • Store fall-harvested beets at 33-35°F at 95% humidity.
  • Cook beet greens like spinach.
  • Beet roots can be pickled, grilled, baked or broiled.
  • To prevent red beets from excessive “bleeding” in cooking, wait until after cooking to peel, remove taproots and slice. Trim off the tops about 1 inch above the roots and wash carefully with a vegetable brush. Boil until tender, then plunge into cold water. When cool enough to handle, slip the skins off with your fingers and remove the little taproots. Slice the beets, or serve whole.
Days To Maturity
55 days
Fruit Size
2 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
12 inches
Height
8-10 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
4 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Beet, Burpee's Golden is rated 4.125 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Beets I had never tried yellow/orange beets before but had them in California. I tried these and they are wonderful, perfect golden beets that I roast in the oven with a little oil & seasoning, just delicious. The best seed I have ever purchased.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful Beets Lovely mild flavor and texture. The roots never got woody even long after they should have been harvested. The only negative was that only about 50% of the seeds germinated. These will be a staple in my garden.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great flavor...but was a sporadic producer The Burpee's Golden Beet, without a doubt, is a work of art when it comes to flavor. This beet was prized by my wife who just raved to her friends about the wonder of this beet. The only issue I had is that these beets are not the producer like other beets I plant (specifically the Detroit Dark Reds and striped beets). I wish this beet was a better producer, because the flavor of this beet...I cannot begin to describe because it is unreal.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did not disappoint We planted these beauties in a raised bed that had a cover over it, and we had no problem with seed germination. We are still enjoying their mild flavor, and the greens are really delicious. An added plus was the deer left them alone.
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, unusual beet! I had no problems growing these. I have a small garden, and simply scattered them over a 2 sq. ft. area, and thinned to 3-4" apart. We ate some, and canned more. Beware, when you can them, they get a bit muddy-colored. Just cooking they stay yellow. Taste great, no staining, and everyone was impressed with the colors at my dinner parties! They did come in about a week later than my red beets.
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't Germinate I planted a couple rows of the golden beets two separate times. The first time they didn't germinate so I thought that I might have planted them too deep (even though the red beets next to them grew fine). I re-planted some seeds and also did a couple in a flower pot just to see. But there was no germination out of any of my rows and only 1 germinated in the flower pot. I have the red beets growing big now so I'm not sure what went wrong with the Golden Beets.
Date published: 2010-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Golden Globe Beets These unusual beets grew well in my Long Island soil and needed very little extra care. When cooked they were very mild flavored compared to the strong normal beet flavor. That surprised me because the herbs I added to the dish overpowered them. So I would recommend caution if you want to fully appreciate their taste.
Date published: 2008-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than Detroit I have grown red beets in my garden before, but summer 2007 was my first experience with these lovely golden beets. I have to say that I prefer this even to the Detroit red beet. The flavor is slightly more mellow and sweet, not as intense. I roasted some of each for my book club friends, and the golden beets were a huge hit- flavor, not just the novelty of the color. The golden beets started much faster in my garden- a full two weeks ahead of the Detroit- but matured around the same time. Added benefit is that these are much neater in the kitchen- no more towels and countertops with incidental spatter or smear. Try them- you'll love them.
Date published: 2008-02-25
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