Growing Beets in Hunt County

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on August 25, 2011

Beet GreensBeets are nutritious vegetables that keep a long time when properly stored.  Of course, they also stain everything they touch purple, but that can be fun in salads.  The greens are good to eat, as well, although they do not keep very long.

For detailed instructions on how to plant beets, see  growing beets.  Here is a snapshot of the information you need to choose what cultivar to plant.

  • when to plant: February 10-March 1, September 1 to September 15
  • depth of planting: 1/2 inch deep
  • spacing of plants inside row: 1-2 inches
  • spacing of rows: 18-24 inches
  • time to harvest: 50-60 days
  • fertilizing: One cup of complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 per ten feet of row when planting, then 1 tablespoon per 10 feet of row when plants are 4-6 inches tall.

cultivars for Hunt County:

Beets Days to Harvest
Cylindra 60
Detroit Dark Red 56
Pacemaker II 50
Avenger 57
Crosby Green Top 60
Lutz Green Leaf 60

Enjoy growing your beets and greens.

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Sonny August 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Beets will even turn, among other things, your urine pinkish red, which might give you a good scare if you’re not expecting it…
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Lana from Rug Cleaning Santa Monica September 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Wow – I had no idea that there were so many different types of beets! Do you think this advice would work in other areas too, or is it very location specific? I’m pretty new to gardening but I’d love to grow some beets, they’re one of my favorite underrated foods! 🙂


Stephanie Suesan Smith September 2, 2011 at 7:29 am

Different varieties of beets grow best in different parts of the country. Your county Extension agent can tell you which ones to grow in your climate.


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