Heirloom Vegetable. Strong, deep red tops grow to 13 cm (5″) tall, add a colourful zest to salads and have a clean, crisp flavour. The 5-7.5 cm (2-3″) diameter globe shaped roots have an intriguing red/white zoning. Harvest when the beets are smaller for the ultimate eating quality. Introduced in 1840.
How to Grow
60 seed/gram Beets thrive in sandy loam with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. Remember to fertilize. For continual harvest, sow seeds 1.2 cm (1/2″) deep and 2.5 cm (1″) apart in two week intervals beginning when the soil has warmed to 7 C (45 F) and avoid sowing after mid July. As each beet seed is actually a corky fruit with 2 or 3 seeds contained within, it is important to thin the young seedlings to 7–10 cm (3–4″) apart to provide enough room for proper root formation. Use plants that are thinned as a source of tender, edible greens. Over-watering or excessive rainfall may lead to excessive leaf growth and pale or small roots. One packet sows approximately 6 m (20’) of row.