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Cylindra Beet

(56 days) Open-pollinated. Also known as Forono and Formanova, a long smooth regular cylindrical beet, growing to 7", dark red, sweet and beety. Highly marketable and not at all woody, in the words of one trialer, “a fine all-around beet suitable for baking, cooking, and pickling.” Roberta rates them the darkest and least fibrous of our beets. Roots will push up out of the ground and develop rough shoulders. Heirloom from the 1880s, originally from Denmark.
Item Discounted
2156A: 1/8oz for $1.10  
2156B: 1/2oz for $1.90  
2156C: 1oz for $3.20  
2156D: 4oz for $5.50  
2156E: 1lb for $17.00  
2156K: 5lb for $80.00  
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Beta vulgaris

⅛ oz packet sows 20 ft; 1 oz sows 160 ft.

Culture: Hardy and easy to grow. Can be sown almost as soon as ground can be worked. Thin by harvesting greens with baby beets. Beets left to mature to full size should be at least 3" apart.

Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimal range 60–85°, optimal temperature 77°. Emergence takes 17 days at 50°, 10 days at 59°, 5 days at 77°, highest % of normal seedlings at 77°.

Disease: CLS: Cercospora Leaf Spot
CLS looks like someone shot a series of small target-like circles in the foliage. Prolonged periods of rainfall and high humidity exacerbate this disease. In serious cases the spots darken and extend. Rotating crops, removing plant debris, and wider spacing to ensure adequate air circulation are preventive measures.

Scab, the same disease that afflicts potatoes, causes rough brown spots on the skin. Adequate irrigation is a preventive.