Heirloom Vegetable. Dark red 15 cm (6″) long cylindrical roots have a sweet, nicely coloured flesh and are perfectly shaped for slicing. Cylindra is an excellent storage beet and is quite a favourite in the kitchen due to its ease of peeling! The roots are at their best when young. An early 1890’s introduction.
How to Grow
60 seed/gram Sow seed directly into the garden 1.25 cm (1/2″) deep in rows 30-45 cm (12-18″) apart. Successive sowings as late as the first of July helps extend the harvest. Beets produce a compound seed which means each seed can produce up to 4 sprouts so thinning is essential for good root formation – thin seedlings to 10 cm (4″) apart – you can use the tops of thinned beets as a source of baby greens. Irrigation is important during dry spells up until the roots begin to swell. Fertilizer improves quality and size of roots.