(25-35 baby, 55 days full size) F-1 hybrid. Of the Early Wonder class with quick root growth and tall bright green tops, Eagle soared in our 2018 summer beet trials. While many OP and hybrid comparisons struggled to size up in the early dry heat, steady vigorous Eagle bore bunch-worthy round baby beets with proud tops. Later, when humidity brought rampant Cercospora leaf disease that eliminated many trial-mates from consideration, Eagle, Kestrel and Red Ace glided through to maturity with nary a spotted leaf. When cooked, Eagle’s dark red globes turn a solid dusky crimson with the deep red inside showing only slight hints of zoning. Taste and texture is perfect: simply sweet and smooth, no bitterness even when grown in stressful conditions. For fresh summer use; not for long storage. Very high resistance to bolting. ⑤
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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.