Detroit Dark Red Short Top Beet


Detroit Dark Red Short Top Beet

(60 days) Open-pollinated. “New varieties come and go, but the Detroit Dark Red, year after year maintains its popularity and holds its place right at the top of the list of good midseason varieties,” asserted Stark Bros. catalog in 1921. Introduced 1892 and still the standard late variety for home gardeners and canners. Globular smooth uniform beets with tender oxblood-red flesh. Among the several strains of this century-old variety, this one with short tops had the best roots in our evaluation.

2182 Detroit Dark Red Short Top
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A: 1/8oz for $1.80  
B: 1/2oz for $2.40  
C: 1oz for $3.30  
D: 4oz for $5.60  
E: 1lb for $16.00  
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Beta vulgaris

⅛ oz packet sows 20 ft; 1 oz sows 160 ft.

Culture: Hardy and easy to grow. Can be sown almost as soon as ground can be worked. Thin by harvesting greens with baby beets. Beets left to mature to full size should be at least 3" apart.

Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimal range 60–85°.

Disease: CLS: Cercospora Leaf Spot
CLS looks like someone shot a series of small target-like circles in the foliage. Prolonged periods of rainfall and high humidity exacerbate this disease. In serious cases the spots darken and extend. Rotating crops, removing plant debris, and wider spacing to ensure adequate air circulation are preventive measures.

Scab, the same disease that afflicts potatoes, causes rough brown spots on the skin. Adequate irrigation is a preventive.