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About This Plant...
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Genus and species: Beta vulgaris
Growing Season: spring and fall
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 4-6 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 2 weeks before last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 4 weeks before to 4 weeks after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 5-16 days
Germination temp.: 50-85 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1/2 inch
Days to maturity: 50-70 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 2-4 inches
Spacing between rows: 12-30 inches
Growing On...
Pests: leaf miner, leafhoppers, Mexican bean beetles, wireworms, mice, and rabbits
Diseases: -
Harvest: pick after 40-50 days when root is small (about tennis ball size) for a tender crop; for beet greens, pick the entire plant when leaves are 4-6 inches long
Growing tips: each beet seed is actually a dried fruit containing several seeds; thinning will be necessary

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