Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Different Varieties Of Beets - Veseys Comparisons


Join Seed Manager Angus Melish as he talks about and shows off different varieties of Beets varied by Veseys.





Here is some further information around Beets;

Beets

Beta vulgaris

Planting:

Sow seeds thinly ½-1" deep in rows spaced 8-12" apart. Soil temperature should be 18-24°C (65-75°F) for optimal germination. Thin seedlings 1" apart for greens and 3" apart for summer use of roots. Plant every two weeks, starting as early as soil can be worked until late June.

Growing:

Choose a full sun location. Beets require a light, well-drained, cool soil with a pH between 6.5 and 6.8. Compost or well-rotted manure along with pure wood ashes, as a supply of additional potassium, should be mixed well into the soil prior to planting. Applying Boron after 4-6 weeks of growth will prevent internal browning, particularly in dry seasons. Keep well-watered as drought will result in tough or woody roots.

Harvest:

Young and tender beet leaves can be used as greens. Dig or pull roots when 2-3" in diameter or desired size.

Pests & Diseases:

Generally beets are bug free with the possible exception of the Spinach Leaf Miner. Control leaf spots (Cercospora) with a sulphur or copper fungicide at the recommended rates.

Companions:

Bush bean, cabbage family, corn, leek, lettuce, onion, radish.

Sowing Rate:

Approximately 350-600 seeds/package will plant 25-30' row. 2000 seeds/25g, 3-4kg/acre.

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