Also known as candystripe beet and bulls eye beet, for its red and white alternating rings. An Italian heirloom variety, its roots are very sweet and its greens are mild and light green in color. Approximately 60 days to maturity.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Plant outdoors from March through August (weather permitting). Sow seeds 2 to 4 inches apart covering them with 1/2 inch of fine soil.
SPACING: Space rows 12 to 18 inches apart or plant seeds 4 inches apart in all directions in beds.
LOCATION: Grow in full sun or part sun and shade in soil that is well drained.
GERMINATION: 2 to 3 weeks in warm weather. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Space sowing times several weeks apart for longer harvest season. Beets prefer fertile, light, sandy loam-type soil. Add lime to soil for better flavor and texture. Sow seed in July and August for fall and winter crops. Beet roots and greens are rich in vitamins and minerals and a good source of fiber.