Detroit Red Beets (68 days) The standard variety for truckers, shippers, canners, and home gardeners. Attractive roots are globular, smooth, uniform. Color deep oxblood red. Fresh dark red with indistinct lighter red zones. Heirloom
A cold season crop. Plant seeds in February or March for spring crop, and in August through October for fall and winter crop. For well shaped roots, a loose textured soil with pH of 6.0 to 6.5 is desirable. Fertilize with a quality garden fertilizer. Drill seed 1⁄2 inch deep, 1⁄2 inch apart, in rows 2 to 3 feet apart. When plants are 2 inches high thin to 11⁄2 to 2 inches apart. Sidedress with 15 lbs. Nitrogen per acre (1⁄2 cup of Nitrate of Soda, per 100 ft. of row) when plants are 4 to 6 inches high. Six to eight lbs. of seed per acre; 1 ounce per 100 ft. of row.