(Beta vulgaris) A descendant of the Egyptian Beet (1865), this variety was introduced in 1880 by the seedsman James Gregory who purchased it from market gardener Josiah Crosby. An early variety that produces large, heart-shaped beets that hold their shape throughout the growing season. Tender, sweet flavor. Great for juicing, pickling, or roasting. 60 days to harvest. Approx. 50 seeds/pkt.
CULTURE: Plant seeds outdoors once soil temps have reached 50 degrees. Pre-soaking seeds for 24 hours will improve germination. Sow 1/2" deep, 1-2" apart in rows 12" apart. Keep soil moist until germination has occurred (5-7 days). Thin to one plant every 3-4". Beets can be harvested at any time and the tops are also edible. A second sowing can be made in late summer for fall harvest.