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Grow & Care - Beets





Fast Facts




Light Requirements Full sun to part shade
Temperature Adaptations Semi-hardy: plant between March 20th and July 15thSuited for special planting for fall harvest: plant between July 1st and August 1st.
Acidity (pH) Tolerance 6.8 to 6.0
Salinity (Ec) Tolerance 4.0
How Pollinated Wind
Growth Habits Biennial grown as an annual


Additional Information



Fertilizer Requirements

Band 1.5 pounds of all purpose fertilizer (20,20,20) for every 100 feet of row

Water Utilization

An even, continuous moisture supply is required throughout the season. Dry periods cause reduced growth, and stringy or tough beets.

Plant Development and Care

Seeds are multigerm and each seed produces several plants. As plants emerge, thin carefully leaving one plant every two inches for optimal development. They grow best in cool weather. Beets grow best in deep, loose soil and should receive even moisture throughout the growing season. Dry spells reduce growth and cause stringy or tough beets.

Hoe carefully to avoid damaging the roots which are very close to the top of the soil.

Fertilize plants at 3 to 4 week intervals to encourage rapid growth.

As seeds are multigerm, each gives rise to more than one plant. Thin plants to about 2 inches apart. The tender, young beet thinnings may be eaten as greens.

In areas with hot summers, plant about six weeks before date of last frost or as soon as soil can be worked in the spring.

Germination Time (Days)

At soil temperatures:
41F, 42 days
50F, 17 days
59F, 10 days
68F, 6 days

Seed Germination and Temperature Range

41 to 70F

Common Fertilizer Deficiencies





Beets

Tips

Red color makes for a nice border in flower beds or gardens.

 

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