Beta vulgaris (60 days) Open-pollinated. For some years after Lutz became crossed up, true seed was hard to find. Insist on the real McCoy: you’ll find it here. True Lutz sports glossy green tops without any purple. Though the roots will never win any beauty contests, bake the big beets for about an hour to enjoy a very special sweet treat. You’ll have Lutz of luck getting them to grow lustily if you provide them with plenty of mellow compost, sow your seeds farther apart than for other beet varieties, and thin the roots to 4" apart. Heirloom variety from Europe, also known as Winter Keeper, is the best beet to grow for winter storage. ①
2170 Lutz Green Leaf - Organic
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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!
Disease: 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.
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