Beets

MacGregor's Favorite Beet Organic

MacGregor's Favorite Beet Organic

BT137

65 days. Extraordinarily delicious and strikingly beautiful variety grown for its greens. Elongated, narrow leaves are glossy, nearly iridescent purple and superbly tender and delicious. Plants are vigorous and productive. We are proud to offer this exceptionally rare seed from Scotland.

Winter Growing Information

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 30-75 seeds per gram.
  • BT137/L
  • 5 grams Organic
  • $4.35

  • BT137/M
  • 14 grams Organic
  • $8.75
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
50-75°F5-171/2"3-4"1"12-16"75%2 years≈ 30-75Medium


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.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

Culture
• Beets perform best in fertile, evenly moist soils with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• Uniform soil moisture is essential
• Sudden changes in temperature or soil moisture will increase zoning (ring formation in the root) and lead to premature bolting
• Transplanting not recommended as it can damage the tap root

Direct Sowing
• At the bottom of the furrow band 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5-10 row feet
• Cover seeds with sifted compost, loose soil, or vermiculite and water evenly
• Use row cover when soil temperatures are cool and to protect from pests

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Leaf miners, flea beetles, and leaf hoppers
Insect control: Pick off affected leaves and check for eggs—if found, spray with Azatrol
Common diseases: Scab
Disease prevention: Neutral pH (7.0), 3-4 year crop rotation, keep adequately watered
Common pests: Mice, voles, and gophers
Pest control: Traps or underground screens

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when roots reach desired size; small roots are tender, large roots may become woody if left in the ground too long
• Leaves can be used as pot greens or in salads
• Trim tops and store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity

KEY TO BEET DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
BLS | Bacterial Leaf Spot
C | Cercospora