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Beet, Detroit Dark Red Med Top

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Unbeatable beets: dark red, extremely sweet flesh.

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These perfectly round 3" beets have striking deep red flesh that's incredibly sweet. Baby beets make excellent eating, and harvesting them helps promote the growth of the remaining beets. When planting, mix beet seeds with fast-sprouting radish seeds to mark the rows.
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Days To Maturity

59 days

Fruit Size

3 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

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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
    59 days
    Fruit Size
    3 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