|Eat beet roots and greens raw in salads or boiled, pickled or steamed. A cool growing vegetable, roots are red, white or yellow. Plants grow best before or after hot summer weather. Tolerate spring and fall frosts, but become tough in hot weather. In mild winter areas, plant in autumn for winter and early spring harvest. Thin seedlings when plants are 4 inches tall to 3 or 4 inches apart. Thinnings are edible. Harvest about 45 to 65 days after sowing, or earlier if desired. To see if beets are ready, push some soil away from base of plants to check size. Young roots are more tender and finer-textured.
Harvest roots 1 to 3 inches across. Like most root crops, Beets need furtile, deep soil without large clumps or rocks.
Attributes - Beta vulgaris
Plant Type: Vegetable
Height: 1 ft. to 1 ft. 6 in.
Width: 8 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Notes: Edible. Susceptible to Beetles, Damping-off.
Beta vulgaris cicla