Early Wonder Beet is ideal for growing greens or bunches. It can be used fresh or canned. The flattened, globular roots of a deep purple-red color ripen in about 50 days.
Presumably, the beets originate from the Mediterranean region. From there, it spread to Germany and Holland as livestock feed. Beets were first used as human food in England. S. D. Woodruff & Sons introduced the Early Wonder beet in 1911, advertising it as "the Arlington Strain of Crosby's Egyptian Beet."
How to grow Early Wonder Beet from seeds:Sowing: Sow Early Wonder 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 Early Wonder Beet: Each beet seed contains up to 8 real seeds. Therefore, it is recommended to thin out the seedlings 3 inches 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 Early Wonder Beet: Harvest the beets as they reach 1" 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. Early Wonder Beets produce large green tops and are among the best green beet production. Up to one-third of the tasty beet greens can also be harvested without damaging the plant.
Early Wonder 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 Early Wonder beet seeds in a cool, dry place for five years.
FАST FACTS:Latin Name: Beta vulgaris
Typе: Opеn Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season
USDA Zonеs: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Seеds per Ounce: 2,000
Plаnting Method: Direct Sow
Sunlight: Full Sun
Hеight: 16 Inches