Kestrel Beet


Kestrel Beet

Beta vulgaris
(53 days baby; 85 days full size) F1-hybrid. Dual purpose solid red round beet is good as a baby bunching beet and as a full-size storage beet. The smooth appearance and dark red color is enhanced by a refined tap root. Slow to bolt, it has good production and excellent sweet beet flavor. Intermediate resistance to DM, PM, CLS and rhizoctonia. Added to our web selection late last season, but to the catalog listing for 2018.

2126 Kestrel
Item Discounted
A: 1/8oz for $3.00  
B: 1/2oz for $5.50  
C: 1oz for $10.00  
D: 4oz for $30.00  
E: 1lb for $88.00  
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Additional Information


  • 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!

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.

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.