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Beet, Detroit Dark Red Medium 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 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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Container Vegetables - Beets
Container Vegetables - Beets
Growing beets in containers is easy in early spring and again in the fall.
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Growing Beets
Growing Beets
With earthy sweetness and rich colors, beets are a delicious addition to your garden. We show you how easy it is to grow your own.
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  • 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
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13
    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-17

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
Full Sun
12 inches
8-10 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
4 inches
Life Cycle
Beet, Detroit Dark Red Medium Top is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Flavor! I started my first planting inside, under lights, around March 1st. I carefully transplanted them at 2 weeks. My goal was to have a early harvest. These did not disappoint! My first harvest was July 8th. They are medium size, and I cook them in the Instapot. Once peeled and cut, they serve up beautifully with young children eager to eat them. Grandparents as well, no leftovers ever! I am on my third planting, hoping for beets through October.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Production I planted the seed tape on March 25 and, as of July 1, am still waiting for a beet large enough to harvest. There are plenty of plants but the beets are tiny.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good beet but poor product I have been using Detroit Dark Reds for many years. I love the quality of the beet itself. My poor rating is because of the seed tape. I will not use it again. I had very poor germination. Those that grew were very good, but I barely got enough for the table out of a full tape. A neighbor of mine had the exact same experience. I'll continue to use Detroit Dark Reds as it is the best beet I've ever tried, but definitely not the seed tape. I thought it would save me the work of thinning, but instead I did not get a full crop of beets. Disappointing!
Date published: 2015-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Excellent product. Lovely color, great sweetness!
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give beets a chance! These beets will get even non beet eaters to love them. So sweet and tender. I usually steam them and add a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and add them to salads but they are also deliciious by themselves. Never tried freezing them before but after reading others reviews I will try next year. I'll have to grow more though as they get eaten rather quickly here.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seed tapes are the way to go I've always had a hard time getting beets to sprout and grow. Most years; however, here in North Central Kansas, are exceptionally hot and dry. This year I bought four packets of the seed tapes and planted them in a 45' double row about 12" apart. It seems that every seed germinated and grew like wildfire--they are about 1" apart. I planted the seeds the first part of April, 2014, didn't start thinning until the largest beets were about 1" to 1-1/2" in diameter, June 5th. This year is so far just right for everything, as far as timely rain and temperate sunshine foes, and the tops are lush and delicious. After this year's experience, I will always try to plant my beets using the Burpee's Detroit Dark Red seed tapes. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best beets ever! I planted these beets for a few years now. They freeze great and the flavor is amazing. I cannot say enough about the quality of Burpee seeds. The beets greens are deliscious too.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Finest Beets You Can Buy I have been growing and eating these beets in abundance for years. They have the deepest color of any other I have grown and while they're not particularly uniform in size, they can or freeze nicely. They have a nice texture that doesn't get woody even in the larger beets and a sweetness that you don't find in all varieties. This is my go-to beet for large yields and shelves full of canned red beets every year... wear gloves when working with them though, the intense color of these beets will stain your hands, countertops or anything else they touch but fortunately Clorox Clean Up will take it off hard surfaces.
Date published: 2013-01-13
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