55 days Old Serbian variety for fresh using and cooking. Large conical roots, with intense red flesh, very juicy and sweet. Tender even when huge – lots of people have written in to say how much they like it.
Direct sow: Late April to mid-July. Optimal soil temperature: 10-26°C. Seeds will germinate in 5-12 days. Beets will not produce roots if planted when the soil is too cold.
Indoor sow: All Year
Exposure: Full-sun or partial-shade. Hardy to Zone 5
Sow 1cm (½”) deep, 5-10cm (2-4″) apart in rows 30-45cm (12-18″) apart.
Growing: For uniformly sized beets, thin carefully to 7-15cm (3-6″) apart when seedlings are 5cm (2″) tall.
Harvest at any size, for the best flavor, pull the beets as soon as they have reached full-size.
Beetroot are delicious and very easily grown vegetables. From just two sowings you can get 8 months supply of roots. They do not suffer from any pests and diseases. The secret is to avoid any growth check otherwise the plants may bolt or become woody. If you haven’t eaten home-grown beetroot yet you will be in for a treat.