Detroit Dark Red Beets are very popular among home gardeners and have been since being introduced in 1892 . They yield 3" round uniformly smooth blood red beet roots within 60 days of planting.
The roots are tender and relatively sweet. That's right I said sweet. They work well fresh, pickled or canned. The tops average 8 -10" in height up to a foot is not uncommon. The tops are also edible greens.
Beets are a cool-weather crop that can be direct seeded in Autumn or as soon as soil can be worked in early spring.
Cultivate your planting site and add about an inch deep layer of compost and organic fertilizer.
Beet seeds generally germinate within 2 weeks if kept moist. Shielding the garden bed with burlap for a few days immediately after planting will reduce surface soil crusting and compaction. Be sure to remove the covers as soon as the seedlings begin to break the surface.
Direct seeding is the best way to start Beets, however, seeds can be started indoors for transplanting outdoors after the last frost in spring. Beets planted in Autumn for overwintering should not be started indoors
Beets require a high phosphorus level to germinate. Take it easy on the nitrogen in the beginning. Mix in some well rotted compost in the soil when planting.
Full Sun - Partial Shade
Germination 12 - 16 Days
Maturity 55 - 60 days for Beets. 35 - 40 Days for Greens
Pollination : Beets are grown for their roots and leaves [greens] they do not produce an edible fruit so if they fail to pollinate it's no catastrophe. They are not self pollinating so if you plan on seed saving you'll need multiple plants for adequate pollination. Keep beets away from Swiss chard as they will cross pollinate with one another.
USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 10
Plant Height - 8 to 10 Inches
Spread - 10 - 14 Inches
Soil ph: 6.0 -7.0
Fresh beets can be refrigerated for up to a week. Removing the tops off beets will help them stay fresh longer. Leave about an inch of stem on each beet, and store the greens separately.