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Organic Heirloom Detroit Dark Red Beet Seeds

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Organic Heirloom Beet: The famous smooth round beet has been a favorite since 1892. Tops are delicious, too.

Mature Plant Size 8-12" tall

Plant Information

"Detroit Dark Red" is the perfectly round blood-red beet with roots that are sweet and smooth. Excellent, high-quality heirloom storage variety that has been around since 1892. Leaves are suitable for salad or braising too.

When and Where to Plant: Hardy Biennial (producing seed in its second year). Direct seed as soon as soil can be worked. Optimal germination temperature is 55-75ºF, but will germinate in temperatures as low as 45ºF. Thinned seedlings may be used as greens or baby beets. Transplants can be started indoors or in a cold frame 4-6 weeks before planting date. Prefers loamy soils with a pH over 6.0 and cool temps. Harvest at desired size.

Associated SKUs
4BEET (Packet)
4BEETQP (1/4 Pound)
4BEETLB (1 Pound)
Common Name Beet
Botanical Name Beta vulgaris
How to Grow Direct Sow
Planting Depth 1/2 inch
Seed Spacing 1 inch
Row Spacing 12-18 inches
Space After Thinning 2-3 inches
Days to Germination 5-10
Days to Harvest 50
Ways to Grow Small Gardens
In the Kitchen Pickling, Roasting
Mature Height 8-12" tall
Is It Heirloom? Yes
Is It Organic? Yes
Ships As Seed
Advantages Containers
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes


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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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