Beet four colour mix consists of beets in the following colours: red, white, red with white rings and yellow with light rings. These beets are all wonderfully sweet and earthy in taste. Together, they are all very colourful, unusual and distinct beet varieties. The beetroot has very attractive red, white, red with white rings and yellow with light rings coloured flesh. The colour does not change with the cooking of the beetroot. Can be grown in almost any soil type. This is a summer beetroot type.
Beetroots are very healthy and versatile. They contain a.o.: vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, B11 and C. And the minerals: sodium, calcium, manganese, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and zinc. There are also a lot of fiber, betanine and vulgaxanthin and few calories in beetroot. That's why beetroot is very healthy. You can cook beetroot, prepare in the oven, prepare raw, bake, steam, stew, pickle in acid and use in soups and stews. Beetroots are delicious in combination with: apple, potatoes, lettuce, onions, carrot, garlic, lemon, orange, cheese, sour cream, nuts, chives, pickle, arugula, lamb's lettuce, spinach, beef, eggs, chicken, minced meat and bacon. Hardy annual.
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Soaking: ½ - 1 hour
Outdoor sowing: middle of April - middle of July
Germination: 7 - 21 days
Germination temp: 16 - 22°C
Sowing depth: 1 - 2½ cm
Row spacing: 30 cm
Planting position: sunny
Harvest period: July - September
Sow outdoors from the middle of April till the middle of July, when there's no more any danger of severe frosts and the soil is warmed up. Sow on a sunny plot with loose, freedraining soil. Remove as much stones as possible to give the roots a good chance to grow deep in the ground. Sow for a longer harvesting period, small amounts approx. 2 - 3 weeks from eachother.
Soak the seeds prior to sowing in tepid water for ½ - 1 hour to help the germination. Sow in rows approx. 30 cm apart every 5 cm 1 seed. Germination can take 7 - 21 days, depending on the weather and temperature. From each seed germinate about 3 seedlings. Remove all weak seedlings till 1 strongest per hole remains. Thin the seedlings, when they're approx. 5 cm long to 10 cm for little round beetroots and approx. 15 cm for larger elongated varieties.
Beetroot needs a lot of water during the growth, give enough water during dry-spells. Protect the beetroots against birds with nets. Harvest the beets when they're still young. You can harvest when the leaves begin to hang. Cut the leaves approx. 5 cm above the root to prevent bleeding and rotting. Eat your beetroots right after harvesting them. But It's possible to store them in a cool, dry, dark place in closed containers. Put the beetroots in layers and put some sand between each layer. This way you can store them for about one month.