Beet
Beta vulgaris 'Detroit'

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

Category:

Biennials

Vegetables

Foliage Color:

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Veined

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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.

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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.