Beet, Crosby's Egyptian (Beta vulgaris) - 100 Seeds

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Crosby's Egyptian Beet (Beta vulgaris) - 100 Seeds

•Heirloom
•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Biennial grown as annual
•USDA Zones 2-12

Description:
Also known as Crosby's Early Egyptian, this heirloom variety originated in Germany and is a standard early bunching beet. Heart-shaped roots are flattened and dark red in color whie the erect tops are medium green and grow up to 16" tall. In spite of their name, this beet actually came to America in 1869 via Germany, not Egypt.

Medicinal Properties:
Beets are an excellent source of folate, manganese, potassium, and copper. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron, and vitamin B6.

Growing Instructions:
Direct sow outside about 4 weeks before the last expected frost. Soften the seeds by soaking them in water for 2 hours, then plant them in full sun and well drained soil. Sow them 1" deep and 1" apart in rows 1-2 feet apart. Tamp down the earth above the seeds to ensure good contact with the soil and germination should take place in roughly 15 days. Add compost or organic matter for healthy growth. Since beet "seeds" are actually a cluster of 8 seeds, the seedlings will need to be thinned to 3" apart and you can replant the thinned seedlings. The uprooted thinned seedlings will do well as a second crop as transplanting them will delay their maturation about 2 weeks.


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