Detroit Dark Red
Our most popular all-purpose variety! Detroit Dark Red Beet (Beta vulgaris) yields uniform, 3-inch round roots with fine-grained flesh. Incredibly sweet and tasty, it’s one of our best for fresh eating or canning. Tall, 8- to 10-inch tops make good greens; roots are ready for harvest in 55 days. Here are our best tips on Growing Beets, too!
Each packet contains approximately 250 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
This hardy vegetable prefers cooler climates and grows best in well drained, loose soil. Select a site with plenty of sun and dig down at least 10 inches to promote good root development. Sow successive crops all season long, starting 2-4 weeks before last frost in spring and continuing until a month before first frost in fall. Thin as plants develop and apply 4-8 inches of mulch to maintain moisture and limit weeds.
Begin harvest when roots reach 1 inch across (typically 55 to 70 days). Do not allow to grow larger than 3 inches or they will be tough and woody. Harvest greens before they reach 6 inches for best flavor — perfect for salads!