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PlantFiles: Beet
Beta vulgaris 'Detroit'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sketchkat06 On Aug 30, 2010, sketchkat06 from Lawndale, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This grows well and easily in containers. I mulched mine with mint leaves because I'd been told that improves the flavor. Don't know if it did anything to the flavor but it definitely helped keep pests away! I had NO pest problems with them at all :) Did not get woody or bitter from the heat either.

Positive rebecca101 On Mar 18, 2005, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very delicious beet -- beautiful dark red color and deep sweet taste. Best when relatively young (less than 2.5 inches diameter), so make several plantings, every 3 weeks or so throughout the summer.

Positive Big_Red On Jun 12, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Also makes an excellent green when beets are about marble size. Pull entire plant, wash and cook as you would any greens, or until small beets are tender.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 14, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The standard for beets; 63 days from seed. Detroit (also called "Detroit Dark Red") produces globe-shaped roots, up to 6" in diameter, so seedlings should be thinned to 8" apart for best results. Best to plant in early spring or late summer for autumn harvest to prevent woodiness. Young leaves make a great addition to salads; older leaves can be cooked for potherbs. The red streaking is very pronounced in this variety, adding an ornamental use.


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

Lawndale, California
Woodland Park, Colorado
Jacksonville, Illinois
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Marshall, Missouri
Salisbury, New Hampshire
Waynesville, North Carolina
Vinton, Ohio
San Antonio, Texas
Dayton, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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