Beta vulgaris (54 days) Open-pollinated. When we first trialed Alan Kapuler’s 3 Root Grex in 2004, we loved its golden strain so much that we decided to select it out. It debuted in our catalog in 2009, and we quickly sold out of our five pounds of seed. What with the vagaries of biennial seed production, it was seven long years before we had it to offer again, when our appreciative customers gobbled up more than 50 lb of seed. Those who love 3 Root Grex will probably be utterly enchanted. Golden Grex has Lutz in its parentage, as manifested by its green tops, lush growth, somewhat elongated Lutz shape and enormous roots that remain mild and sweet even as they grow up to 6–7" long and 3½" wide. Roots are golden orange with a blushed orange hip on the top of the beet. Some, but not all, interiors will have beautiful alternating concentric rings of yellow and red similar to a chioggia. The stems retain some golden coloration. ①
2129 Golden Grex - Organic
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About 800-3600 seeds/oz, with variations. ⅛ oz packet sows 20 ft; 1 oz sows 160 ft.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct sowing.
Culture: Spring or fall, beets are hardy and easy to grow. Can be sown almost as soon as ground can be worked in spring. Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimal range 60–85°. For full-sized beets, you must thin to at least 3" apart. Early thinnings make good salad greens; baby-beet thinnings cooked with tops are a Yankee delight!
Diseases: PM: Powdery Mildew DM: Downy Mildew CLS: Cercospora Leaf Spot 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.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.