Golden inside and out, these beauties are best at about 1½" diameter. The succulent tops are a deep green, sweet and tender. Cooked separately, slices of Golden, Ruby Queen and Chioggia look like jewels on the dinner plate. Approx. 60 days.
Cultural data: field planting
Growing season: cool season
Days to maturity: 45-60 days
Germination relative to soil temperature: optimum 77-95ºF.
Cultural information: beets grown in light soil are the best quality. Begin sowing when soil is warm. Sow every 3 weeks for continuous crop until mid-summer.
Seed count: approx. 1,644 seeds/oz. or 26,304 seeds/lb.
Projected seed usage: 1-2 oz./100 ft row, 13 lb./acre.
Diseases and pests: Scab on roots. Plant in good soil and irrigate properly.
Harvesting: harvest tops for salad ingredients. Best variety for tops are Bulls Blood. Harvest baby beets at approximately 45 days. Excellent baby beet varieties are Chioggia, Golden Beets, Pablo and Moneta.