Golden Detroit Beet is a dark yellow beet with a soft, sweet, rich flavor and does not bleed like a red beet. Fresh young leaves go well in a salad, while mature leaves are cooked like herbs. Root crops ripen in 55 days. Presumably, the beets originate from the Mediterranean region. From there, it spread to Germany and Holland as livestock feed. However, beets were first used as human food in England.
How to grow Golden Detroit Beet from seeds:Sowing: Sow Golden Detroit 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 Golden Detroit 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 Golden Detroit 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.
Golden Detroit 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 Golden Detroit 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: 1,500
Planting Method: Direct Sow
Sunlight: Full Sun
Height: 14 Inches