Belonging to the Beet genus (Beta vulgaris 'Detroit Dark Red'), Detroit Dark Red is a variety of Beetroot. 'Detroit Dark Red' is considered a heirloom cultivar. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours: Burgundy. Leaves appear approximately as a Napier green colour.
Introduced in 1892, and is now considered the ‘standard’ for beets. Original selections were made from Early Blood Turnip by Mr. Reeves of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. Nearly globe, blood-red 3" diameter roots. Solid roots are great for canning and fresh eating. Prolific, good keeper.It is an Vegetable and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. Detroit Dark Red is known for growing to a height of approximately 0.9 cm (0.35 inches).
Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Detroit Dark Red Beetroot is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
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How to grow Beetroot 'Detroit Dark Red'
Sow in a sunny location. Plant as soon as the garden can be prepared. Thin seedlings when they are 2 inches in height, with the final spacing of the plant 4 inches apart. Later sowing will produce a better crop of beets for winter storage.Position in a full sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Detroit Dark Red is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures. Planting Detroit Dark Red in loamy soil with a ph of between 6.5 and 7.0 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil to neutral soil.
Growing Detroit Dark Red from seed
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Detroit Dark Red about 21 days before your last frost date.
Transplanting Detroit Dark Red
Don’t transplant, sow directly.As Detroit Dark Red is half hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.
Harvesting Detroit Dark Red
Beetroot 'Detroit Dark Red' information
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