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PlantFiles: Beet
Beta vulgaris 'Detroit Dark Red'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Beta (BET-uh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Detroit Dark Red

7 vendors have this plant for sale.

19 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CurtisJones On Nov 25, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: These tender, sweet, tasty, extremely nutritious roots are much better when they are home-grown. This heirloom variety was introduced in 1892 and is “the standard for beets”. The young leafy greens are great in salads, can be substituted in recipes for spinach or Swiss chard, and can be steamed or frozen. 1 cup of greens has more iron than a hamburger patty. Try sliced beets in salads or to add extra nutrition to your fresh juices (try making a juice with apples and ginger – yummy!). Beets make an excellent spring or fall crop and can also be grown in containers.

Positive jenhillphoto On Jul 10, 2007, jenhillphoto from Danbury, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

A good tasting beet. Did not get as big as my burpee's golden. Maybe it will grow larger if given more time. I'll update if that's the case. Still a positive for me.

Neutral melody On Jan 27, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Information only, I have not grown this variety.

Introduced in 1892, this beet has become the standard that most are compared to.

A Mr.Reeves of Port Hope Ontario made selections from the Early Blood Turnip variety and stabilized this wonderful beet.

Produces well and keeps well, this beet is great for canning and fresh eating. It produces 3", nearly globe shaped roots.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Longmont, Colorado
Danbury, Connecticut
Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Hermann, Missouri
Hamilton, Ohio
Rogers, Ohio
Fort Worth, Texas
Madison, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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