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Farm and Feeds > Beets > Detroit Dark Red | Ritchie Feed & Seed Inc.
This variety is the standard bearer of the beet family! Dark red, globe shaped roots have a smooth crown and small taproot. The quick maturity, sweet earthy taste, uniform shape and consistent interior colour make this variety the perfect candidate for canning or freezing. Very low in geosmin. Geosmin is the naturally occurring compound in beets responsible for “earthy” flavours.
HOW TO GROW
60 seeds/gram Beets thrive in sandy loam with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. Remember to fertilize. For continual harvest, sow seeds 1.2 cm (1/2″) deep and 2.5 cm (1″) apart in two week intervals beginning when the soil has warmed to 7 C (45F) and avoid sowing after mid July. As each beet seed is actually a corky fruit with 2 or 3 seeds contained within, it is important to thin the young seedlings to 7–10 cm (3–4″) apart to provide enough room for proper root formation. Use plants that are thinned as a source of tender, edible greens. Over-watering or excessive rainfall may lead to excessive leaf growth and pale or small roots. One packet sows approximately 6 m (20’) of row.
Propagation: Sow Direct
Days to Emergence: 10
Light: Full Sun
Growth Habit: Sturdy
Height: Medium Tall (30 to 70 cm)
Frost Tolerance: Frost Tender
Days to Harvest: 63
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
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