Beets are commonly grown in spring, summer, and autumn.
Beets may be seeded as early in spring as the ground can be worked. Make successive sowings at intervals of about 3 weeks in order to have a continuous supply of young, tender beets throughout the season.
Beets are well adapted to grow in many regions. Beets are fairly tolerant of heat and also resistant to cold. But beets will not withstand severe freezing weather.
Good beet quality depends on quick growth. Plant beets in humus-rich, well-drained soil. Apply lime to strongly acid soils if a soil test shows the need.
Midsummer heat and drought can interfere with seed germination. If sowing seeds in midsummer, keep the soil damp until the plants are up
Beet seed consists of small balls, each containing several seeds. Cover seeds to a depth of about an inch.
After plants are well-established, thin them to stand 2 to 3 inches (5-8cm) apart.
Planting dates for spring and summer harvest*
|Average date of last frost/||Planting dates|
|Jan. 30||Jan. 1- Mar. 15|
|Feb. 8||Jan. 10-Mar. 15|
|Feb. 18||Jan. 20-Apr. 1|
|Feb. 28||Feb. 1-Apr. 15|
|Mar. 10||Feb. 15-June 1|
|Mar. 20||Feb. 15-June 1|
|Mar. 30||Mar. 1-June 1|
|Apr. 10||Mar. 10-June 1|
|Apr. 20||Mar. 20-June 1|
|Apr. 30||Apr. 1-June 15|
|May 10||Apr. 15-June 15|
|May 20||Apr. 25-June 15|
|May 30||May 1-June 15|
|June 10||May 15-June 15|
Beet planting details
- Sowing depth: ½ – 1 inch (1.25-2.5cm)
- Space between plant after thinning: 2-4 inches (5-10cm)
- Days to sprout: 10
- Days to harvest: 55-65
- Storage period: 2-3 weeks
- Seeds for 100 row feet: 1 ounce (29 grams)
- Yield per 100 row feet: 100 pounds (45 kilos)
- Suggested Varieties: Early: Little Egypt, Crosby, Egyptian, Early Wonder. Maincrop: King Red, Ruby Queen, Detroit Dark Red
- Notes: Use thinned plants for greens
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