(Beta vulgaris) An Old World crop known to the Romans, but not cultivated for roots until much later. Beets aren't just red—be sure to try other types of beetroot as well!Make successive sowings of beetroot seeds for harvests all season, starting 2-4 weeks before last frost in spring, and continuing until a month before first frost in fall. (Sowings in intense mid-summer heat may not germinate satisfactorily.) Sow where the plants are to grow, 1/2 inch deep, 4-6 inches apart, in full sun on a neutral (non-acid) soil. Most "seeds" are really capsules containing multiple seeds, so thinning to single plants is necessary. If the young, growing beetroot plants are thinned gradually, the thinnings can be enjoyed as greens. Keep soil evenly moist. When mature, lift and store in the refrigerator or root cellar. Late crops can be left in the ground, mulched deeply, and dug as needed right through the winter months.

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Albino Beet

Albino Beet BT108

55 days. A pure white, fairly smooth round heirloom beet from Holland.... Read More
Bull's Blood Beet

Bull's Blood Beet BT101

50 days. This beautiful beet has deep reddish-purple leaves! Very sweet... Read More
Chioggia (Bassano) Beet

Chioggia (Bassano) Beet BT104

60 days. Chioggia beet is the most whimsical veggie in the patch. Slice... Read More
Crapaudine Beet

Crapaudine Beet BT114

In 1885, the French book The Vegetable Garden stated this is one of the... Read More
Crosby's Egyptian Beet

Crosby's Egyptian Beet BT105

55 days. Crosby’s Egyptian flat beet is an antique market variety developed... Read More
Cylindra or Formanova Beet

Cylindra or Formanova Beet BT111

55 days. A wonderful heirloom from Denmark, this one is famous for slicing... Read More
Detroit Dark Red Beet

Detroit Dark Red Beet BT110

55 days. The most popular, old standard, all-purpose red beet; uniform... Read More
Early Wonder Beet

Early Wonder Beet BT103

50 days. An old heirloom, pre-1811 variety. Early, smooth, round beet;... Read More
Flat of Egypt Beet

Flat of Egypt Beet BT113

50 days. In 1885 Vilmorin said, “An exceedingly early variety, and certainly... Read More
Fuer Kugel Beet

Fuer Kugel Beet BT119

60 days. Smooth-skinned, dark purple roots remain sweet and tender even... Read More
Giant Yellow Eckendorf Beet

Giant Yellow Eckendorf Beet BT116

The 1927 Henry Fields catalog said, “Giant, smooth, long roots of cylindrical... Read More
Golden Beet

Golden Beet BT102

55 days. This variety dates back to the 1820's or before. The beets are... Read More
MacGregor's Favorite Beet

MacGregor's Favorite Beet BT124

Old Scottish heirloom beet was, until recently, almost extinct--brought... Read More
Mammoth Red Mangel Beet

Mammoth Red Mangel Beet BT107

100 days. Huge, up to 40 lbs each; large yields per acre. Highly used for... Read More
Okragly Ciemnoczerwony (Bordo) Beet

Okragly Ciemnoczerwony (Bordo) Beet BT123

65 days. Smooth, blemish-free round-to- top-shaped beets are very dark... Read More
Ruby Queen Beet

Ruby Queen Beet BT127

55 days. Outstanding home garden beet with a very short top, just 10” in... Read More
Sugar Beet

Sugar Beet BT120

95 days. White-fleshed conical roots are larger than our Albino Beet, and... Read More
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