Beet 'Gourmet Blend' Seed Pack

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This fun blend will give you three varieties of beets, 'Detroit Dark Red,' 'Chioggia' (with an interior that looks like a pink and white candy swirl), and 'Golden.' You might be able to tell the difference between the three varieties once the leaves emerge, as the red beets will have red-veined green leaves and red stems, the chioggia will have red stems and green leaves, and the golden variety will have just green leaves. 'Detroit Dark Red' stores well and can be canned or frozen. Enjoy the Chioggia and Golden beets raw in salads, sliced thin, for beautiful color and mellow flavor.

Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
Mature Size: Leaf tops up to 18" and 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 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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