Beets are a cool weather crop best sown directly in early spring, after the danger of frost has passed, or in early fall. They are sensitive to acidic soils and prefer a pH of 6.0-7.0. Plant 3-4 seeds 1/2" deep and 1-2" apart in fertile, organically rich, well-drained soil. Keep the soil moist for the first 21 days. Once true leaves are established, thin back to 1 plant every 2-3". After 45-55 days, beets should be 2-3" wide; but they can be harvested earlier if “baby” beets are preferred.
Enjoy more beets... Sow beets every 2-3 weeks for continued harvests throughout the season.
Don't throw away the tops! Detroit Dark Red Beets have scarlet stems and deep green tops that taste delicious; and can be cooked and enjoyed like spinach or swiss chard.
Wit & Wisdom: Beets have long been considered an aphrodisiac: Ancient Greeks thought that Aphrodite, their goddess of love, used them to enhance her appeal. Read The Old Farmer's Almanac Beets Growing Guide!
The Old Farmer's Almanac Beet Seeds (Detroit Dark Red)
|Country of Origin||United States|
|Seed Type||Non-GMO, Premium, Heirloom|
|Hardiness Zone||USDA 3-10|
|Seed Count||Approximately 400 Seeds|
|When to Plant||Early Spring, Early Fall|
|Packed for Year||2021|
|Scientific (Latin) Name||Beta Vulgaris|
|Planting Depth||1/2 Inch|
|Plant Spacing||2-3 Inches|
|Row Spacing||12 Inches|
|Time to Germination||5-10 Days|
|Time to Maturity / Harvest||45-55 Days|
|Fruit / Vegetable Size||2-3 Inches Wide|