Beets - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide - University of Illinois Extension

Beets

beet

The beet is a fairly hardy plant and can be planted early. For a continuous supply of young, tender beets make several successive sowings at 3-week intervals. Both roots and tops can be used for food.
The beet "seed" is actually a fruit which will produce more than one plant. To grow satisfactory beets, thin the plants to 3 inches apart. Thinning sometimes can be delayed until the plant tops are large enough to use as greens.
For good quality, harvest beets when they are 1½ inches or less in diameter. Beets will keep for several months if packed in moist sand and placed in a basement or garage. Do not allow them to freeze. Before storing, trim off all but ¼ inch of the tops.

Crop Amount for 100
ft of row
Variety recommended for use in Illinois Days to harvest Resistant to
Beets (seed) 1 ounce Detroit Dark Red 58 Boron deficiency
Early Wonder 52
Lutz Green Leaf 70
Ruby Queen 60
Sweetheart 58
       
Vegetable Hardiness Recommended planting period for central Illinois (b) Time to grow from seed to field (c)
For  overall
Use
For
storage
weeks
Beet 10 2-4 12-18 ½-1
         
Vegetable Spacing in row
Seed to sow per foot Distance between plants when thinned or transplanted Distance between rows Planting depth
inches inches inches
Beet 10 2-4 12-18 ½-1