Beets

Early Wonder Tall Top Beet

Early Wonder Tall Top Beet

BT130

60 days. Early Wonder Tall Top is our most popular beet. Adaptable to all seasons, it forms 3-4 inch, deep red globes with tall, glossy leaves that make choice, tasty greens. A good all around beet that also pickles well. Perfect for early spring planting, exhibiting vigorous growth in cool soils. Its staggered maturity allows an extended harvest from a single sowing.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 30-75 seeds per gram.
  • BT130/S
  • 5 grams
  • $2.65

  • BT130/P
  • 14 grams
  • $3.75

  • BT130/B
  • 1 oz
  • $4.95
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Seed DepthSeed SpacingSoil Temp for Germ.Days to Germ.Thin Plants To Approximately 30-75 seeds per gram.
1/2″1″50-75°F5-173-4″


Beta vulgaris: This wholesome vegetable is doubly heart-healthy. The sweet, delicious roots contain high levels of glycine betaine. This phytochemical compound fights platelet clots and plaque formation in the arteries. Along with a wealth of potassium, calcium and vitamin A, hearty beet greens are rich in fiber, which may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

CULTURE: Beets grow fairly well in almost any soil, but because of their extensive taproot, they prefer deep, moist, rich soil. Prepare the seedbed by working in 2-3 inches of compost or well-rotted manure prior to planting. Beets germinate in soils as cool as 45°F, and the seedlings are frost hardy. At our research farm, we sow beets April through May. Below the seed furrow spread 1 cup of our complete fertilizer per 5-10 row feet. Plant in rows 12-16 inches apart. Cover the seeds with sifted compost, loose soil, or vermiculite and water evenly. For uniformly sized beets, thin when the seedlings are 3-4 inches tall. Thinnings can be used as pot greens or in salads. Keep well watered, especially during root development. The 5th and 6th leaf stage is the most critical time for beets to stress. Sudden changes in temperature or moisture will increase zoning (ring formation in the root) and lead to premature bolting. Starting beets indoors is not recommended.
DISEASES: Beets are susceptible to scab, the same disorder that affects potatoes. It causes brown rough spots on the skin. This can be prevented by making sure that your pH level is near neutral (7.0), rotating at least 2 years between potatoes and beets, and keeping your beets adequately watered.
HARVEST: Beets are usually harvested when they reach their desired size for table or canning use. Root size is controlled primarily by spacing and variety, rather than by maturity date. Store at 34°F and 100% relative humidity.
INSECTS/PESTS: Leaf miners cause blistered leaves and are best controlled by picking the infected leaves. Mice, moles, and gophers find beets tasty and sometimes can be discouraged by trapping or underground screens.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 75%. Usual seed life: 2 years.
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Easy to grow, great taste
Jul 7, 2014  |  By RJT
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This was our first try growing beets, and I was happily surprised at how easy they are to grow! Leafminers love them (boo!), but other than that, we've had no problems. The tops are just as delicious as the roots and we love them raw, cooked in a variety of ways, and even in smoothies! Even my self-proclaimed beet-hating husband has requested I keep these in the garden.