Bolivar, organic seeds

Eco

NOTE! May not be imported into Finland.


Information

Detroit 2. Is globe-shaped, uniform and has lower contents of nitrate. This beet has thin peel with well coloured through deep-red flesh, upright foliage and a small hold. Bolivar is an excellent improvement on Old Detroit and excellent for both fresh consumption and storage.  A portion has about 250 seeds.


 

Product number:6565
Scientific name:Beta vulgaris var. conditiva
Botanic family:The Beet Family- Chenopodiaceae
Organic:Yes
Days to maturity:60
Lifespan:Biannual
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:May–July
Sowing depth:2 cm
Germination time:7–12 days
Plant spacing:3–8 cm
Row spacing:30–50 cm
Height:25–30 cm
Plant location:Sun
Harvest/blooming:June–October
Seeds/g:60–90 seeds
Heirloom variety:No

Cultivation advice

Sowing

The 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.  

Spacing

Keep 3-8 cm between the plants and 30-50 cm between the rows. The shorter distance should be ok for these round beets. 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!

Harvest

Small 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. 

Seed

60-90 seeds/g. 80 g for 100 m of the these round beets. 1.8 kg for 1000 m2.
A portion contains about 250 seeds.