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PlantFiles: Beet
Beta vulgaris 'Early Wonder'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Beta (BET-uh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Early Wonder
Additional cultivar information: (aka Early Wonder Tall Top)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


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:

Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

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

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ahaddock On Mar 26, 2010, ahaddock from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

Delish. The beets have always been sweet for us, even when we accidentally let one or two turn into giant softball sized beets. The greens cook up well, as some of the other people here have mentioned.

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

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Early wonder is considered to be the best beet for greens. The tops can reach 18” tall, giving you plenty of salad greens, greens to substitute for spinach or Swiss chard in recipes, and to steam or freeze for later use. Packed with nutrition, 1 cup of greens has more iron than a hamburger patty! Early Wonder’s beet roots are also very flavorful and produce quickly (in as little as 48 days). An excellent choice for northern and southern climates where multiple crops are possible. Grows well in the garden and as a container vegetable.

Positive rebecca101 On Oct 9, 2006, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Great little early beet. Not as sweet as Detroit Dark Wonder, and not as deep a color, but nice sprightly flavor and grows fast even in cool weather.

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 5, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've never done well with beets before, but this one was excellent! Tender, sweet, and a nice small-medium size.

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 18, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I prefer this beet to Detroit. It is early, the beet greens are succulent and the root has less tendency to become woody than Detroit Dark Red. Color is lighter than the Detroit. Very similar to Crosby's Early Egyptian which I also like.

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

Marketed as being an early crop, 50 days from seed. Flavor is average, roots somewhat smaller than 'Detroit'. Direct seed in the garden in early spring or late summer for best results.


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

Folsom, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Longmont, Colorado
Augusta, Georgia
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Vinton, Ohio
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Teasdale, Utah
Madison, Wisconsin

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