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Detroit Beet (63 days, Heirloom)

Heirloom 1892 

Detroit has been the leading crop beet for the last 20 years, but has been grown for over 100 years. The crimson of the flesh also shows in the leaves. Large, smooth roots are produced but it is also good for greens at an earlier stage. Freezes & cans well with exceptional flavor.

300 seeds

Germination: 5-10 days  


Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 50-85 degrees F.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2” deep

Outside Sowing: Early spring with soil temperatures at least 50 degrees F. Sow 1-2” apart, thin when plants are 2-4” tall, 3-4” apart. Soaking seed overnight aids in germination. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.

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.

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 thinnings 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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Martha K.
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I recommend this product

This is a good variety of Beet

Detroit Beets are easy to grow and tastes great.

Sheila W.
United States
I recommend this product

Beans, Beets, Lettuce, Radishes and Spinach. I can't leave out the inoculant.

During the past few years, I had used all the above items and found them to be just as I had hoped. The inoculant made a big difference with the peas and beans...for the better. The vegetables were delicious and plentiful. I'm planning on getting the majority of my cold weather crops in this next week. Have started the tomatoes, peppers and eggplant inside and am hopeful to see them popping through the seed planting medium. Thanks so much for a great product and super helpful staff. Have a great Spring and Summer.

William W.
United States

Too early

The only thing I've planted to date was the white geranium and germination % was fine. Other items will be planted directly in the garden other than the egg plant which will be started in a week or two.

Mark K.
United States

Beet Review

I haven't planted yet, but I have grown this beet for many seasons with excellent results.


Always great

We have grown these for a few years with consistent success.