(40 days) F-1 hybrid. Debuted in 2016 with good sales. Of baby-beet class and short-top type, Robin’s vigor and health put wimpy competitor Babybeat to shame. This Boy Wonder’s 10" tops show nice contrast between dark red stems and disease-resistant dark green leaf. Add deep red 1–2" round beets, and Robin packs a visually powerful punch, I mean bunch, at market. Even better, its uniformity and ability to hold size makes harvesting a mess of beets quick and easy. True to New England tradition, I steamed mine up whole, tops and bottoms. Holy Diminutive Delights! Again besting bland Babybeat, Robin’s full sweet beet flavor and fine-grained solid red interior was a revelation in taste and texture. ⑤
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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°.
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.