Beet 'Detroit Dark Red' Seed Pack

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It would be fair to say that beets as a health food were "rediscovered" in the 21st century, and for the most part, what the health pundits say is true. A powerhouse of vitamins, antioxidants, and immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory properties, beets also happen to be really tasty. 'Detroit Dark Red' is the beet standard, with red-stemmed dark green leaves and roots that are still tender, even up to three inches in diameter. Direct-sow beets when the soil has warmed to at least 45 degrees in the spring for an early summer harvest. 

Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
Mature Size: Leaf tops to 12"–18" tall, roots 2-1/2" - 3" in diameter
Light: Sun to partial sun
Cold Hardiness: Frost tolerant biennial grown as an annual
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 45°F, ideally 60°–85°F, for early summer crop.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended. Root disturbance delays maturity.
Special Germination Instructions: 6 to 8 weeks before your average first fall frost date for late summer/fall crop.
Days to Emerge: 5 - 21
Seed Depth: 1/2"
Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 4." Note that each "seed" is actually a dried fruit with multiple seeds inside it.
Row Spacing: 12"
Thinning: Multiple plants will most likely emerge in the same spot. When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 4"
Maturity Date: 60 days
When to Harvest: Harvest when roots are anywhere from 1"–3" in diameter. Greens are most tender when small, so start harvesting when they are 2" tall. You can take as much as one third of a beet plant's outer leaves without harming the roots.
Additional Info: For early spring sowings, harvest beets before summer heat. For late summer sowings, harvest before first heavy freeze.
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