Beet 'Touchstone Gold' Seed Pack

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For those cooks who don't like turning their hands and cutting boards beet red, try 'Touchstone Gold' beets for that same wonderful flavor but without the dye job. 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 root crop. Golden beets tend to be sweeter and less "earthy" tasting than red beets and are a great choice for adding to salads. Harvest spring-sowed beets before the hot days of summer and sow a fall crop six to eight weeks prior to your area's average first fall frost date. 

 
Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
Mature Size: Leaf tops are 12"-18" tall, roots up to 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: 85–90 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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