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Cylindra Beet (Heirloom, 58 Days)

These beets are shaped more like a fat carrot or a thin rutabaga than a traditional beet, 6 to 8 inches long and 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. The dark red roots taste great and are ideal for slicing, either fresh or for pickling. 

300 seeds 

PLANTING

Beta vulgaris

Germination: 5-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 50-85ºFSoaking seed overnight aids in 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: 20-25 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: Beets “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.

 

 

 

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    KJ
    09/05/2018
    Kathleen jones
    Rochester, Nh

    Best beet

    Perfect

    MR
    06/25/2018
    marshall r.
    United States

    bad at beets.

    not good, the seeds did not even sprout. However I suspect its me and not the seeds, as this is the second shot this year for this type of beets. Any Advice

    CR
    01/21/2018
    C R

    Delicious beets

    A tornado felled a giant tree on my garden last spring, and by the time we got it cleared out it was too late to plant much. I had planted the beets very early and most survived, but with the loss of the garden fence, the rabbits kept eating most of the tops, so the beets didn't get very big. Nevertheless we harvested a batch and ate what greens were left. The beet roots of this variety are very easy to slice, and have a sweet wonderful flavor. I'll plant them again (with a rabbit-proof fence.)

    M
    01/01/2018
    Mark

    good

    great flavor. I planted in the square foot style and was very happy with the results.

    B
    04/26/2017
    Beverly

    Excellent!

    The shape is very easy for slices and the flavor is sweet and good. I also use the tops fresh or dehydrated in winter soups. Store easily dehydrated greens in airtight containers. Air dried sliced pickled beets are wonderful snacks. A "leather" can also be made. The red red color in red beets has proven to be excellent for vasodialation and nitrous oxide release and is good for the heart and blood vessels. Other color beets don't offer as many cardiovascular benefits. Highly recommend!