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BETA vulgaris 'Albino'

Image of Beta vulgaris 'Albino'

Family

Chenopodiaceae

Botanical Name

BETA vulgaris 'Albino'

Plant Common Name

Albino Beet, Beet

General Description

You'll never have to worry about magenta juice stains from the Holland heirloom beet, 'Albino', which has pure white roots. Its super sweet roots also lack the earthy taste of most colorful beets. The fast-developing roots are ready for harvest only 50 days after sowing. Even when harvested large, they remain mild, sweet and tender. Its bright glossy green leaves are also edible and can be harvested when young and tender.

Though grown as annuals, beets are actually biennials, which means they generate large roots and lush foliage in the first year and flower, set seed and die in the second. The flowers are unimpressive but produce lots of seeds that can be saved from year to year, if you allow a couple to live into the second year. Beets originate from Europe where they have been cultivated for centuries.

This is a cool-season vegetable that can be grown in two seasonal cycles, if the growing season is four or more months long. For spring harvest, sow seeds in the garden in early spring as soon as the soil is workable. Thin seedlings to around five-inches apart and harvest by early summer. For a fall harvest, sow seeds in late summer and harvest roots before the first autumn freeze. Sow successive rows of seed every two weeks to prolong the harvest season later on.

Grow beets in full sun and fertile, friable garden soil, ideally with a pH no lower than 6.0. It is best to berm up the soil where they are grown to ensure the roots have lots of loose, well-drained soil. Beets require regular water and light fertilization. The seeds germinate more quickly if soaked in warm water for 30 minutes before planting.

Beets are especially popular in Northern European and Russian cooking because they grow best in cooler high latitude regions. They taste great pickled, roasted, sautéed or added to soups, like borscht. The tender green leaves of 'Albino' may also be eaten as a green in fresh salads. Some gardeners mound soil over the plants to ensure the beet root tops do not green with exposure to any sunlight.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes