A wonderful heirloom from Denmark, this popular beet variety is best known for slicing with its long, cylindrical roots. Tender and sweet, Cylindra is also known as “Butter Slicer” because of its wonderful texture. (55 days)
Sow successive crops all season long, starting 2 to 4 weeks before last frost in spring, and continuing until one month before first frost in fall. (Sowings in intense mid-summer heat may not germinate as well.) Sow where plants are to grow — 1/2 inch deep, 4 to 6 inches apart — in full sun and neutral (non-acid) soil.
Most “seeds” are really capsules containing multiple seeds, so thinning to single plants is necessary. If thinned gradually, the thinnings can be enjoyed as greens. Keep soil evenly moist. When mature, harvest and store in the refrigerator or root cellar.