Detroit Dark Red Beet (Beta vulgaris)
A classic variety introduced in 1892 by D.M. Ferry & Company in Detroit, Michigan. This versatile heirloom produces spherical roots great for grilling, roasting, canning and more. Its baby beets are especially flavorful.
- 200 seeds minimum
- Germination: 5-10 days
- Maturity: 60-65 days
- Direct sow ½” deep in full sun as soon as soil can be worked.
- Sow 12-15 seeds per foot; thin to 3" apart when seedlings are 1-2" tall. Plant rows 12" apart.
- Plant again in late summer for a fall harvest.
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The year is done, and everything is in. It was a hard year for area gardens as I've been told. ( I don't get out much ) Anyway, the beets did great. No germination problem that I noticed. In fact, I did a crap load of thinning. That which was thinned went to the salad greens and made for a nice surprise. From one packet of seeds, I got a bit over a bucket and a half ( 5 gal. buckets ) of beets at the end of the season. This doesn't count the ones which were harvested early, as the table was calling. :) This was my first time growing beets, and won't be my last.
I know some think beets may be boring...But, have you tried them pickled? Sounds weird, but it's really just oil, cider vinegar, dry mustard, salt and pepper and sugar. But they taste soooooo good on a salad! Well, there are so many other ways to enjoy beets but this steals the show for my beets. Annie's Detroit Dark Red Beets are quality seeds that germinate perfectly and bring lots of gardening satisfaction :)
I found that the germination was just a bit low. However, that hasn't kept me from growing Detroit Dark Reds for a couple years. Just plant a few extra seeds. They're trouble-free to grow, not even requiring fertilizer. I plant in spring and fall - wonderful pickled!