A special selection from Dutch bred cultivar “Boltardy,” which has become one of the most popular beets in England and the beet of choice for spring planting. Beets are by nature, biennials and a common problem with spring-sown crops are that the cool spring weather tricks them into thinking they have gone through a winter, triggering bolting before the plants have grown a proper root. As their name suggests, Boltardy types have been selected to require a higher degree of vernalization, consequently making them much more resistant to spring bolting (so much so that it can be tricky to produce seed!) Uniform and refined, Boston produces excellent crops of smooth-skinned red globes with excellent pigmentation and flavor. Especially suited to spring sowing, but a great choice all season long.
60 days. UO
Packet: 100 seeds
Product Code: BEE-BO-pkt
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Seeds can be sown as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring (April) and into late July. Some people try to push the season even earlier by sowing in flats indoors and transplanting, but we are not those kinds of people. Direct seeding is strongly recommended.
Note: Beets prefer cooler ambient temperatures, light, sandy, and loamy soil, and an even watering schedule (do not let the soil dry out before emergence!). For baby beets and greens, seeds can be sown every 2 weeks until 2 months before your first projected heavy frost.
6-8 seeds per linear foot, thinning to 2-3" between plants in rows 12-18" apart. Each seed is actually many seeds encapsulated in one package!
5-10 days @ soil temp 55-75F
Full sun to part shade
Low to medium. While beets do prefer well-prepared and fertile (to avoid scab, make sure any addition of organic matter is well composted) soil, they will tolerate lower fertility. Aim for a neutral to slightly alkaline soil with a pH between 6.0-7.0. Acidic soils (pH below 6.0) are a no no for beets!
Specific minerals needed for quality beets are boron (most common mineral deficiency in beets), calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Aim for 1-2-2 (N-P-K) fertilizer one week before sowing.
Remember that beets prefer cooler temperatures, even water, and space. Keep em weeded!
If you find that your beets are producing voluptuous greens and small roots, this means your soil is too heavy in Nitrogen.
Temperature fluctuations often causes zoning (white rings) in the roots.