Beta vulgaris (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 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 spot 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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About 800-3600 seeds/oz, with variations. ⅛ oz packet sows 20 ft; 1 oz sows 160 ft.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.
Culture: Spring or fall, beets are hardy and easy to grow. Can be sown almost as soon as ground can be worked in spring. Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimal range 60–85°. For full-sized beets, you must thin to at least 3" apart. Early thinnings make good salad greens; baby-beet thinnings cooked with tops are a Yankee delight!
Diseases: PM: Powdery Mildew DM: Downy Mildew CLS: Cercospora Leaf Spot 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.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.