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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/20/2017, 10:03 am

My beets from the April planting are still in the ground! The bulbs are so small, if there's any at all, that I'm hoping by leaving them in the ground they might get bigger. Anyone have any luck doing that? Or do they just get woody? The largest is about an inch across. and there are only about five of those. The rest are just roots. I'm not even getting good greens from them this year.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/20/2017, 11:05 am

My tall top early wonder beets just don't seem to get very big. My larger beets were Guardsmark Chiogga. So at least for my garden conditions, I've decided it's partly a variety issue. The no-beets fall beet plants I overwintered eventually made a small quantity of greens, but never made real beets. I'd be happy for someone else to say they've been successful in turning old beet plants into producers, but I think once they are past a certain age they stop trying.
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Post  dixie on 8/22/2017, 10:44 am

In my experience, they only get woody the longer they grow.

I now grow Cylindra, which is a also known as Forono and Formanova, a long smooth regular cylindrical beet that is sweet & much easier to peel.  They get about 5-6 inches long when I plant them in spring.  I've got them planted for a fall crop now, my first time as a fall planting, so I hope they do well.

Here is the link & description from Fedco Seeds:  https://fedcoseeds.com/seeds/search?item=2156&search=cylindra



Have I mentioned lately that I LOVE Fedco Seeds?  Generous packs & all non-GMO, huge selection of heirlooms & lots of organics.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/22/2017, 11:21 am

Thanks, Dixie. I just planted cylindra for the first time in hopes of a fall crop. A few sprouted already but the rest are just sitting there. I got them from Burpee online, and I didn't soak them first as I usually do, so it's a wait and see.

http://www.burpee.com/Vegetables/Beets/Beet-Cylindra-prod000610.html?cid=PPC&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_J32xJHr1QIVFzuBCh1ZoAeQEAYYASABEgKzzvD_BwE

I think I read somewhere, maybe here, that none of the seeds we home gardeners buy are GMO, that it's only the bulk seeds that farmers buy that are GMO. Or maybe I dreamed it?
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Post  dixie on 8/22/2017, 11:55 am

I don't know about the gmo part, but I love heirlooms & that's the main thing I like about Fedco. 

Also, I've never soaked my beet seeds, I just water them daily til they come up.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/22/2017, 11:58 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:I think I read somewhere, maybe here, that none of the seeds we home gardeners buy are GMO, that it's only the bulk seeds that farmers buy that are GMO.  Or maybe I dreamed it?
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  > GMO seeds still aren't available to home gardeners. If you're buying GMO seeds, the company makes you sign agreements and "It's a violation of the EPA's requirements to provide any genetically engineered seed to non-commercial growers.": http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2014/09/what_every_home_vegetable_gard.html
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https://gmoanswers.com/ask/how-do-i-tell-if-zucchini-and-yellow-squash-seeds-are-gmo-or-not
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/22/2017, 8:25 pm

I did not know that about the non-GMO stuff for us non-comms!  My beets are still out there too, started them late April, they were direct seeded....didn't have time to pull them when I pulled the carrots...will report.  Again, Chiogga and Detroit Red.  

Would like a sweeter variety to try.  Maybe Cylindra?
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Post  dixie on 8/23/2017, 8:39 am

Cylindra is very sweet & easier to peel because of the shape, but I don't know if it is sweeter than the others you mentioned
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 8/23/2017, 10:25 am

I'd say try one of the gold beets - in my experience they either are actually sweeter, or they are less beety (earthy), so they seem sweeter.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/24/2017, 8:23 pm

Yeah, I am branching out in the beet department.  Thanks!

I really like pickled beets a lot.  Tried roasting a bunch last year in foil on the grill with some EVOO and rosemary....just OK....weren't sweet enough.  Maybe a touch of maple syrup would have been good...of course it would!!!!!Wink
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