Beet Ruby Queen is a dark red beet variety with a smooth and delicate flavor and a buttery texture. Ideal for pickling and preserving retains its color during processing, ripe in just 52 days. This beet won the AAS award in 1957.
The Ruby Queen beets come from the Northrup King and Company in Minneapolis, who developed them from the Crosby variety in the 1950s.
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.

How to grow Ruby Queen Beet from seeds:

Sowing: Sow the Ruby Queen beet seeds 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 Ruby Queen 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 Ruby Queen 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. 
Ruby Queen 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 Ruby Queen 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: 1,000
Planting Method: Direct Sow
Sunlight: Full Sun
Height: 12 Inches
Color: Red

 

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