Growing Golden Detroit Beet Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: beta vulgaris
- Other Names:
- Days to Maturity: 35-60 days
- Hardiness Zone: 8-10
- Planting Depth: 1/2"
- Plant Spacing: 2"
- Row Spacing: 12"
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: 50 to 85 degrees, 6 to 7 ph level
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun is required.
- Pests/diseases: Susceptible aphids, beet mosaic, damping off.
- Color: Red-orange with green leaves
- Flavor: Sweet
For the best results, you’ll want to plant the seeds three to four weeks before the average last frost. To encourage germination, you can soak the seeds for twenty four hours before planting. After planting, water the seeds every two weeks. After thirty five days, the beets will be mature enough to harvest. This strain of beet is used as a first early variety of beet for mid-summer sowing and storage. Benefits from full sun to partial shade lighting. At 35 days, the "baby greens" can be harvested. At 50 days, the full leaf greens can be harvested, and at 55 days the roots are ready for harvest. Golden Detroit Beet thrives in full sun and partial shade. Greens should be harvested when 3 inches in height for maximum flavor.
Eat beet tops before any sign of wilting for maximum flavor. Vinegar pairs well with beets. In most cases, the smaller the beet, the sweeter the beet, and the larger the beet, the more ‘earthy’ the beet will taste. Walnut oil pairs very well with warm beets. To minimize the beet color from excessive bleeding leave the stem plug in place and skin on while cooking.