Red Ace Beet (F1 Hybrid, 51 Days)
The Red Ace Beet provides the ideal combination of early maturity and standing in the field for a long period without bolting or toughening up. We picked beets from the same planting for a period of 2 months and the last ones harvested were nearly as good as the first. Tops are fairly short, 12”. Red Ace Beet roots are very smooth with an excellent flavor.
Germination: 5-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 50-85ºF. Soaking seed overnight aids in the germination.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2” deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Sow 1-2 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to 1 seedling per cell/pot. Transplant outdoors when the first true leaves appear, 3” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Early spring with soil temperatures at least 50ºF. Sow 1-2” apart, thin when plants are 2-4” tall, 3-4” apart. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.
How much does a packet plant: 15-20 foot single row
Harvest: Begin picking at 1” for baby beets and up to 3” across for the most tender and best tasting. For best storage cut off the greens 2” above the top of the beet.
Tips: Red Ace Beet “seeds” are actually fruits that contain multiple seeds inside with several seedlings emerging from one seed. Use the thinned seedlings for beet greens or plant a heavily seeded row for baby beet greens. Beets need to grow rapidly and evenly by providing soil rich in organic matter and adequate moisture. Sow every 2 weeks for a continuous harvest.