|Scientific name:||Beta vulgaris var. conditiva|
|Botanic family:||The Beet Family - Chenopodiaceae|
|Days to maturity:||56|
|Sowing depth:||2 cm|
|Germination time:||7–12 days|
|Plant spacing:||3–8 cm|
|Row spacing:||30–50 cm|
SowingThe beet root seeds are troublesome. They want the exact right proportions between heat, moisture and oxygen to germinate evenly. Many rot in cold soil and the number of bolters grows. If it is too wet they soon rot and if the soil is dense or dry nothing happens. Sow the seeds thinly and gradually until July about 2 cm deep. Beet roots which are to be stored should be sown late otherwise they may get too large and hard.
SpacingKeep 3-8 cm between the plants and 30-50 cm between the rows. The longer distance is especially for the oblong sorts, like Cylindra.
The beet root seed is really a fruit with 2-6 seeds, so several seedlings can sprout in the same place quite often. Many feel that a careful thinning out is important, but if one can accept some variation in size one can leave the thinning out to Nature. The strongest seedlings dominate and force out the smaller seedlings. Just do not sow too closely!
HarvestSmall beet roots with the leaves intact, lightly poached are delicacies during the whole summer. Harvest the beet roots for storage before the iron nights begin. Leave a few cm of foliage and do not trim the roots, for the beet root easily bleeds. Keep the beets in sand, peat, dry leaves or just in bags at low temperature and high air humidity. They can, like other vegetables, be sliced thinly and dried, preserved in acetic acid or soured in milk.
Seed60-90 seeds/g. 50 g for 100 m of the these round beets. 1 kg for 1000 m2.
A portion contains about 250 seeds.