250 Heirloom Detroit Dark Red Beta Vulgaris Beet Seeds

250 Heirloom Detroit Dark Red Beta Vulgaris Beet Seeds

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The most popular beet on the market, Detroit Dark Red (Beta Vulgaris). Heirloom beet dating back to the late 1800’s. The 2 ½ to 3 inch globe shaped roots are tender and sweet. A dual purpose vegetable, the deep green tops that can be cooked like swiss chard. Great for canning and fresh eating. Other names these beets go by are beetroot, blood turnip.

Detroit Dark Red Beet Seed: Beta vulgaris. Biennial. 60 days to maturity. 12-18" in height. 2-4" spacing. Produces 3" uniformly dark red, round beets with red stemmed, dark green tops.


Beets are a cool season vegetable crop. This root veggie grows quickly and has many different varieties which showcase deep red, yellow or white bulbs of different shapes. They can survive frost and almost freezing temperatures, which makes them a good choice for northern gardeners and an excellent long-season crop.


A soil pH above 5.5–6 is best, otherwise growth will be stunted. Beets are a good indicator of soil pH.

Till in aged manure before planting. Beets require especially good nutrition and a high phosphorus level to germinate. Go easy on nitrogen however, an excess will cause sprawling greens and tiny bulbs beneath the soil.

Wait until soil reaches 50 degrees before planting.

Plant seeds ½ inch deep and 1-2 inches apart.

Make sure soil remains moist for germination.

In zones with low moisture and rainfall, soak the seeds for 24 hours before planting.

Early crop can be planted in March/April, and late crop anytime from June to September. Successive plantings are also possible as long as the weather doesn’t exceed 75 degrees F. Space plantings about 20 days apart.

Winter crops are a definite possibility in Zone 9 and above.

All multiple orders of the same seed are put in the same bag. For example if you order 500 beefsteak tomato seeds x 3 then 1500 seeds will be put in the same bag. We do not send out 3 individual bags with 500 in each. This goes for all seeds unless they are listings of different seeds.


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