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Beta vulgaris 'Detroit Dark Red'

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





12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

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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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.