- Type: Root Vegetables
Beet - Detroit Dark Red
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- Category: Vegetable
- Type: Beet
- Variety: Detroit Dark Red
- Family: Beetroot
- Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
- Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
- Growing Difficulty: 2
- Soil PH: 6.0 to 7.0
- Fertilizer Requirements: 10-10-10
- Soil Type: Deep, Well Drained (Never Clay)
- Germination (days): 5 to 15
- Soil Temp for Germination: 55-75°F
- Lighting Conditions: Full Sun
- Days to Maturity: 60 – 65
- Planting Depth: 1/2”
- Distance Apart (in row): 3"
- Row Spacing: 12-18"
DIRECT SOW 4 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
4-6 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
Keep the soil moist until germination occurs, then mulch with a layer of leaves or straw to cut down watering needs.
For earlier harvests, sow seeds indoors under grow lights for 4-6 weeks before last frost. Be sure to harden seedlings off before moving outside. When planting, make sure to work the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches to allow the beets to grow unobstructed.
Difficult to work soils such as clay can prevent the beets from reaching their full size. Beets grow best in loose, fertile and friable soil. Most Beets are multigerm, meaning they will produce several plants from a single seed. This makes it important to properly thin your plants before they choke each other out.
Beets are nutrient packed root vegetables that can be used in a variety of ways. Some of the ways beets are used: Crushed, Pickled, Sandwiches, Salt-roasted, Risotto, Tomato Soup, Latkes, Soy-braised.
Beets have also been used medicinally in numerous ways. Some of the claimed health benefits of beats are: Blood Pressure reducing, athletic booster, anti-inflammatory, digestive health, brain health, anti-cancer properties, weight loss.
When Beets have reached their maturity, pull them out of the ground and cut their tops off. Store the beets unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or packed in sand in a cool dark place. Make sure to leave an inch of the stem intact.
Beets are Biennial plants, so they will not produce seed until the next year. Of course, they must survive the winter to be able to do this. It is a good idea to separate a small portion of your crop to become a 'seed crop'.
Do not harvest the greens, or the root and let this plant stay where it sits until next years harvest. Wait until the tops have turned brown and cut off the top 4 inches. Store these in a cool dry area for a few weeks to allow the seeds to ripen. The seeds can then be stripped of the dried foliage and placed in a bag to be used next growing season.
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Beet - Detroit Dark Red