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Beet 'Golden Boy' Seed Pack

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Mellow sweet beet that matures earlier than 'Touchstone Gold' and is wonderful raw, sliced thin for salads. Greens are best when harvested young.

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'Golden' beet takes a bit longer to reach maturity than some other beets, but you'll still have time for an early summer harvest if you put out seeds in early spring. The roots mature in 65 - 70 days, ranging in size from one to three inches, but feel free to start harvesting young leaves when they are two inches tall. As delicious as the greens are, be sure to leave two-thirds of the leaves so the roots can continue to grow. 

Botanical Name Beta vulgaris
Mature Size Leaf tops to 12"–18" tall, roots 1" - 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 days
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 65 - 70 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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