Fifth Season Seeds Co. Merlin Beets Smooth, uniform, globe-shaped roots with high sugar content. Tops are somewhat smaller than Red Ace .. Product #: VEG-BT-MERL Regular price: $2.75 $2.75

Merlin Beets

Product Code: VEG-BT-MERL
Weight: 2.00g

Price: $2.75

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Beet Growing Guide

Scientific Name: Beta vulgaris
Soil Temp for GerminationDays to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants toSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per GramFertilizer Needs
10-25°C 5-16 1/2" 3-4" 1" 12-16" 75% 2 years ≈ 30-75 Medium

Time needed to reach transplant size: 4-6 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 2 weeks before last spring frost
Days to maturity: 50-70 days
Days to maturity are basedon the date of direct seeding.

This wholesome vegetable is doubly heart-healthy. The sweet, delicious roots contain high levels of glycine betaine. This phytochemical compound fights platelet clots and plaque formation in the arteries. Along with a wealth of potassium, calcium and vitamin A, hearty beet greens are rich in fiber, which may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

• Beets perform best in fertile, evenly moist soils with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• Uniform soil moisture is essential
• Sudden changes in temperature or soil moisture will increase zoning (ring formation in the root) and lead to premature bolting
• Transplanting not recommended as it can damage the tap root

Direct Sowing
• At the bottom of the furrow band 1 cup of complete fertilizer per 5-10 row feet
• Cover seeds with sifted compost, loose soil, or vermiculite and water evenly
• Use row cover when soil temperatures are cool and to protect from pests

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Leaf miners, flea beetles, and leaf hoppers
Insect control: Pick off affected leaves and check for eggs
Common diseases: Scab
Disease prevention: Neutral pH (7.0), 3-4 year crop rotation, keep adequately watered
Common pests: Mice and voles
Pest control: Traps or underground screens

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when roots reach desired size; small roots are tender, large roots may become woody if left in the ground too long
• Leaves can be used as pot greens or in salads
• Trim tops and store at 4°C and 95% relative humidity