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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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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

59 days

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

3 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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  • Beets

    Beets
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
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    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-17
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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
Beet, Detroit Dark Red Med Top is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still waiting... I planted the beets in February and not many of them have made it to this point. The leaves are starting to get a little bigger, but they are no where ready to harvest. I have an above ground planter and even though it says they take full sun, I'm thinking that the South Florida sun is a bit much. I recently placed a screen over the planter to see if that helps. I'm hoping they turn out delicious!
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for pickling! This was my first time growing beets. Turned out great!
Date published: 2011-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sprouting but small beets These have a great taste but many didn't form a beet at all. I think my soil is to blame. It is very clay-like and probably needs lots of compost to make it easier for root vegetables to grow well. The beets that did form took about 3 months to be large enough to harvest. The taste was excellent. I have reworked the soil and ordered beets cylindra instead. Those are a Burpee exclusive and grow long like carrots. I'm keeping my fingers crossed they will do better in well composted soil.
Date published: 2011-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So very good We only recently discovered beets, and I fell in love with them by cooking the store bought ones. As a child, I had only had them pickled (yuck), but in the fall we got some from a friend and tried them simply roasted in the oven - we were on cloud 9. In early spring I planted the Detroit Dark Red, and they took off like rockets. Nothing bothered them, not bugs, not anything. Just harvest the last two (sad that they were gone already and that I hadn't planted more). They are so much prettier, sweeter, richer in flavor than what you can pick up at the store. In comparison, the store-bought stuff is all dried out and beat up. These were beautiful right out of the ground (as soon as I washed the dirt off anyway!). We haven't tried the greens yet, but they sure look pretty. This fall, I'm filling my garden with these jewels.
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best OK so beet are not difficult to grow but I have to say, I really like this one a lot. Personally, I soak the seeds prior to planting, sow thinly as early as possible & let it go, just keeping weeds out. Tops are not so big here (hot, arrid summers?) for the roots are good sized, taste wonderful - I am considering taking one of last years out of the freezer right now. They pickle well & of course, if well blanched, freeze. One of lifes little luxuries.
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the Best Beet Around Another crop of beets that will win you a blue ribbon at the county fair! We planted Mother's Day weekend this year, and about 2 months later we harvested beets baseball size and larger! We may need to enter them at the fair next year. Very good germination- about 97%- and were able to start a second planting August 6, with the same germination results. It will be nice to get another crop of these tasty treasures!
Date published: 2009-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Beet This is the best beet I have planted in 40 years or so. Last year I tried the Chicago Red Hybrid and although the taste was very good, I found the non-uniform sizes annoying. The Detroit Dark Red is more uniform in size and has excellent flavor. The 2009 crop I planted has done well despite the excessive amount of rainfall we've had in the northeast this year. The tops are also very tasty.
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from NOT A SOUTHERN HIT I HAVE TRIED SEVERAL TIMES TO GET A WORTHWILE HARVEST. MAYBE I'M TOO FAR SOUTH, AS ALL THE BEST REVIEWS ARE FAR TO MY NORTH, YET I MAY BE TOO HOT AND HAVE TOO MUCH SAND IN MY SOIL. GROWTH IS VERY SLOW AND THE 'ROOT' DOES NOT ENLARGE AS BIG AS I WOULD HOPE. 2'' ACROSS WOULD BE A HAPPY SIGHT HERE. TASTE IS TERIFFIC THOUGH, EVEN IF A SMALLER HARVEST IS ALL I GET. WILL TRY AGAIN, AS I ENJOY A TASTY COMPETITION... YUM
Date published: 2009-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Beet I have grown this beet many years and have Always been pleased with them. Starting in January when I plan my garden I think maybe this year I'll try a new beet. All I have to due is go to the cellar and get a jar of home canned beets and I say.....Nope got's have these ones. These beets are tender and never woody. My family loves these beets and as soon as my sisters know I canned them they ask where their jar is!!!
Date published: 2009-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! These beets are the best! They are so sweet and so tender. They do not even taste like "dirt", as do so many beets. Even my husband commented, "These are the best beets I have ever eaten."
Date published: 2008-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prize winning beets! For 26 years I've entered beets and many other items in the open class at the county fair... These Burpee Detroit Dark Red beets have won me many blue ribbons, including this one (2008) in the food preservation class... The color and uniform size, not to mention wonderful taste make this beet a top choice for my family...
Date published: 2008-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Beet Ever! This beet is the best beet! I have tried several other beats and none have worked as well as this one. They reach a very large size and have a great taste.
Date published: 2007-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet, tender beet I switched to this beet when Burpee Red Ball was no longer available and have been happy with its performance, appearance and taste. I have tried planting with the recommended spacing, and have also overseeded then thinned. Last year, I overseeded and waited until beets reached baby size, then picked babies at regular intervals, leaving the rest to mature to full size. All three methods have given me good results. Two 7-foot rows usually produce more beets than my family of 4 can eat, but it is always a pleasure trying!
Date published: 2006-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Heat Tolerant Excellent beet. Not all seeds came up (60%) but what did made great beets that survived well into summer heat and did not mind being burried by neighboring plants (lettuce then weeds got a little out of control). Very dark and firm with good beet flavor.
Date published: 2006-08-08
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