This early Egyptian Crosby variety has deep red, flat, heart-shaped roots and tops up to 16 inches in height. The root crop ripens in 55 days.
The variety originated in Germany, from where it came to America in 1869. The Egyptian Crosby beet is the result of the work and research of Josiah Crosby of Massachusetts, who later sold his seeds to his colleague James Gregory, who made the variety available to the general public in 1885.

 

How to grow Crosby's Beet from seeds:

Sowing: Sow Crosby's Egyptian beet seed directly 4 weeks before the last expected frost in the sun and well-drained soil. To do this, pre-soak them in water for 2 hours. Then, planting depth 1" deep and 1" apart in rows 1 to 2' apart. Fertilize with compost or organic fertilizer and expect the first shoots to germinate in 5-15 days. Companion plants are beans, onions, or cabbage.; avoid planting them near pole beans
Growing of Crosby's Beet: Each beet seed contains up to 8 natural seeds. Therefore, it is recommended to thin out the seedlings 3" apart. Weed carefully to avoid damaging the seedlings. Beets love cool weather, and temperatures up to 25F are tolerable for them. You should uproot root if you want to plant the beet next year.
How and When to Harvest Crosby's Beet: Harvest the beets as they reach 1" and 3" in diameter after two months of growth. Roots up to 3" in diameter retain their tenderness and sweetness best. After pulling the beet out of the ground, trim the top 1" up the stem to prevent the beets from bleeding. 
Crosby's Beet's Seed Saving: Beets are pollinated by the wind, which must be considered when planting plants. Separate it from other chard and beet varieties by at least two miles for genetic purity. Beets must overwinter for seeds to appear. A layer of mulch is enough for wintering, and in cold regions, you need to dig out the roots. Store the dug roots in a cool place in the pitch. In early spring, transplant them into the soil and wait for the seeds to appear. Let them dry on the plant and come off. Store White Albino beet seeds in a cool, dry place for five years.

 

FAST FACTS:

Latin Name: Beta vulgaris
Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season
USDА Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Seeds per Ounce: 2,000
Planting Method: Direct Sow
Sunlight: Full Sun
Height: 16 Inches
Color: Red

 

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