Burpee's Golden Beets
Seed Count: Approx. 100 Seeds
Days to Maturity: 55 Days
Description: Burpee introduced this colorful beet in the 1940s. These 2 inch globe beets have a sweeter milder flavor than darker colored beets. The roots are a beautiful orange color that turn to a bright golden color, once cooked. These beets stay mild in taste, even when they get bigger in size, and don't bleed and stain like red beets. These leaves can also be grown for sweet, flavorful, tender salad greens. Personally, I hate beets, but I grow them because I love to eat beet greens. My favorite way to eat them is sauteed in a little butter with garlic and onions.
How To Grow
Sowing: Sow beet seeds in well-worked, well drained soil in full sun. Beets are sensitive to acidic soils and prefer a pH of 6.0 – 7.0. If your soil is more acidic, add Garden Lime as directed on the bag. Sow thinly, in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ½ inch of fine soil. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days. Thin to about 3" apart, when seedlings are 1-2" tall. Beet seeds are actually clusters of seeds and require more thinning than other crops.
Growing: Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. They need about 1 inch of water a week. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before the evening, to minimize disease problems. Avoid fertilizer that is high in nitrogen. A basic 5-5-5 fertilizer is sufficient for good beet root and beet green development.
Harvesting: Candy striped beets also produce lovely and tasty pink-stemmed tops that mature in 40 days. One-third of the tops can be harvested without damaging the plant. Harvest roots at about 1 inch for baby beets, up to 3 inches for mature beets. Cook beet greens like spinach, or saute in butter and garlic for a tasty treat. Beet roots can be pickled, grilled, baked, or broiled. Beet plants must weather the winter, in order to produce seed. In warmer climates, simply mulch the plants. In cooler climates, dig up the roots and store them in sand, without the roots touching each other, in a cool and humid location. Then plant them again early spring. The plants will soon go to seed; wait until the seed heads are fully grown and dry before removing them, and store the seeds for up to 5 years.