Growing Dark Red Detroit Beet Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: beta vulgaris
- Other Names: beetroot, blood turnip
- Days to Maturity: 55 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3-10
- Planting Depth: 1/2"
- Plant Spacing: 1"
- Row Spacing: 12"
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Light, moist soil, 6.5 to 7 ph
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun or partial shade
- Pests/diseases: Resistant to beet scab
- Color: Dark Red
- Flavor: Tender texture, doesn’t get as “wooden” as other varieties
Seeds Per Package:
- 1 oz - Approximately 1,250 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 5,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 20,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 100,000 Seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 500,000 Seeds
Start with a light, moist soil, ideally with a PH level of 6.5 to 7. Sow the seeds half an inch deep, with three inches between plants and twelve to eighteen inches between rows. These seeds will need plenty of moisture while germinating, so keep the soil moist for the first twenty one days. These beets can thrive in conditions with full sun or partial shade. After forty to fifty two days, the beets should be two to three inches, and ready for harvesting.
Also known as beetroot and blood turnip, these beets are uniform in shape and flavor. They are known to grow in chilly Spring weather and are mostly problem free but sometimes get aphids or flea beetle. Control with insecticidal soap, pyrethrums, and good garden sanitation. Can be bottled or pickled. Perfect for canning. Cut up, blanche, and freeze in freezer bags. Pick leaves before any sign of wilt for tasty greens. A rich source of Iron, Calcium, and Vitamins: A, B1, B2, C, and Niacin. Heat and cold tolerant.