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BETA vulgaris 'Albino'
Albino Beet, Beet
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.
12 - 1
6 - 10
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
10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm
6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall
Green, Light Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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