Beta vulgaris cicla
|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.
Begin picking 7 to 10-inch-long leaves at about 50 to 60 days after sowing. Harvest 1 or 2 outer leaves at a time, which allows continued production of leaves.
Attributes - Beta vulgaris cicla
Plant Type: Annual
Height: 1 ft. to 1 ft. 6 in.
Width: 1 ft. 6 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Notes: Container Plants, Edible. Susceptible to Aphids, Beetles, Black Spot.