The information on this page applies to seedlings sold by LEAF Nursery during our 2021 Seedling Sale.
Beta vulgaris. Improved gold beet with mild flavor and vibrant color retained in cooking. From Alf Christianson Seed Company, the breeders of Red Ace F1 and Guardsmark Chioggia, this is an improved golden beet with better germination and uniformity than standard golden types, and less zoning. Attractive solid green tops quickly shade out weeds. Germinates best in warmer soil. Precision sized with uniform shape and 3" roots. Beets can be grown year round in our area but are best grown in the cool season. Beets are a root crop so care must be taken when transplanting.
Easy to Grow
When to Plant Your Seedling
loose, well drained soils with acidity between 6.2 and 6.8, but they will tolerate 6.0-7.5
Moderate watering twice a week
Days to Maturity
2"-4" depending on desired size
45-46 from seed
Additional instructions: Beets will tolerate a wide range of soil textures. Heavy clay soils can be helped by the addition of organic matter, but make sure it is well composted or it will increase the risk of scab. Best quality arises from deeply cultivated raised beds, free of stones and debris. Fertilize with the ratio of 1-2-2 (N-P-K) seven days before seeding.
Fluctuations in the weather can cause white zoning in the roots. Keep beets well weeded. Beets fighting for space become tough and stringy. Too much nitrogen can cause a lot of leaf growth at the expense of root development.
Harvesting instructions: Harvest when roots reach desired size. For winter storage, allow crop to stand for a few mild frosts, but harvest before a hard freeze. For beet greens, harvest starting around five weeks, or when leaves are ~3”. Use floating row covers to extend season.
Optimal storage conditions for roots are 32°F and 95% humidity, cut tops at 1” above crown, wash and let dry. Roots store well for up to 6 months. For best storage of greens, cool with water immediately after harvest and refrigerate in a plastic bag to retain moisture.
Common Diseases and Pests
Leafhoppers, flea beetles, aphids, Leafminers and Cabbage maggot