Detroit Dark Red Beet


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Detroit Dark Red Beets are delicious dark red beets with sweet flesh and an earthy taste! Detroit Dark Red grows succulent 3-inch globe beets that are perfect for Harvard Beets, snacking, slicing in sandwiches, pickling, or pureeing for soups, smoothies, hummus, and sauces. Beet greens and microgreens can be added to salads or used as garnishes. Both the roots and greens are nutritious - rich in vitamins C, A, and fiber.

Also Known As: Blood Beets, Red Garden Beet, Harvard Beet, Blood Turnip, Mangel, Beetroot, European Sugar Beet

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Plant Name:
Beet, Detriot Dark Red
Latin Name:
Beta vulgaris
Days to Germinate: 7-14
Days to Harvest: 52
Germination Rate: 92%
Test Date: 10/23
Growth Habit: Root
USDA Zones: 2-12
Lifespan: Annual
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2024

*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation and Fertilizing:

Radishes are a cool-season crop and do well in the cool temperatures of Spring and Fall. Beets can be planted in partial shade and grow best in deep, well-drained soils. Beets have deep roots than can reach depths of 3-4 feet, so it may be best to plant beets away from where tree roots will compete. To prepare the soil, clear the area of rocks, trash, and large sticks. Small pieces of grass and leaves can be mixed into the soil to make it richer. Spade the soil 8-10 inches deep and completely cover plant material. You may optionally scatter 1 cup of a complete fertilizer on the soil for each 10 feet of row to be planted. If soil has a lot of tight clay, you may optionally add compost after adding fertilizer and rake into top 4 inches of soil.  Rake the soil until it is smooth and work the beds into 4-6-inch-tall raised ridges to allow soil to drain and let air enter soil. Space the ridges 18-24 inches apart from center to center.


In southern states, beets can be grown all winter. Farther north, beets can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked in Spring. Soil temperature should be at least 40F for beet seeds to sprout. Use a hoe handle or stick to make a 1/2 inch furrow deep down the center of the ridge.  Plant 1-2 seeds in the furrows spaced 1-2 inches apart within the rows. Cover lightly with loose soil then sprinkle with water. In hot weather, you may optionally cover seed with sands or light-colored mulch. You may make several plantings 3 weeks apart for a continuous supply of beets.

Planting Depth: 1/2 inch
Within-Row Spacing:
1-2 inch
Between-Row Spacing:
18-24 inches


Care During the Season:

Watering: Water the plants well weekly if it does not rain. You may optionally scratch the soil around the plants lightly with a rake or hand tool to keep the soil from crusting; this may help prevent tough beetroots.

Weeding: Keep the beets free of weeds, which rob weak root systems of nutrients and moisture. Try not to work the soil more than 1 inch deep to prevent injuring root systems.

Thinning: Thin the beets when the roots start expanding. After thinning the plants should be about 2-3 inches apart.
Insecticides: Insecticides may be used to protect plants. Bt-based insecticides and sulfur are organic options that can be used for prevention. Sevin is a synthetic option. Sulfur also has fungicidal properties and helps in controlling many diseases. Before using a pesticide, please read the label and always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Diseases: Disease on beets can happen in cloudy, damp weather. Check plants daily and treat with an approved fungicide if diseases do appear. Neem oil, sulfur, and other fungicides are available for use. Please always follow label directions.


Beets are ready to harvest about 7-8 weeks after planting when they are the size of a golf ball or larger. Young, tender tops can be used young or until they get large and strong flavored. Pull the plants and cut off the root. If tops are to be used, wash and place them in plastic bags in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Roots will keep 1-2 weeks in plastic bags in the refrigerator. Beets that are not used may be spaded in the soil for composting.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 59
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 106 mg 4%
Potassium 442 mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 13 g 4%
Dietary fiber 3.8 g 15%
Sugar 9 g
Protein 2.2 g 4%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 2% Iron 6%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 7%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.