Beet – Touchstone Gold

$3.48

The most refined and reliable golden beet. Beautiful bright colour and delicious taste.  Outstanding, uniformly round roots with smooth, bright-orange skin and a vivid golden interior. They retain their colour when cooked and don’t stain or bleed. Long, elegant, deep green leaves with yellow stems and veins. Beet tops are 25 cm (10″).

Available only as seed.

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Description

Botanical name
Beta Vulgaris

Family
Amaranthaceae

Spacing
9 per square foot in 3 rows of 3

Depth
Plant seeds 1 cm (½”) deep.

Requirements
Does best in full sun, but can handle a bit of shade. pH 6-6.5.

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 5-10 days.

Pests
Beets are not affected by many pests. Slugs may discolour leaves. Circular lesions with a purple halo on the leaf is cercospera leaf spot. Prevent by keeping your garden free of debris.

Timing
Direct sow starting in mid-April. Cool-weather crop. Best soil temperature is 10-15°C (50-59°F) . Soak seeds for 12 hours to help speed up germination. Transplanting is not recommended since the tap root is easily disturbed and damaged.

Growing
Seeds are actually a fruit containing 3 or 4 seeds, so when seedlings are around 3 cm (1½”) tall, you must choose the strongest one as they cannot grow so closely together. Cut away the others with scissors or fingernails to avoid disturbing the root of the remaining seedling.

Harvest
55 days

Season
Cool, annual

Links
Quick farmers market soup
How to harvest carrots and beets