fodder beet

958 – Fodder Beet, Mammoth Long Red Mangel

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Certified Biodynamic

Relished by livestock. Enhances livestock health. Roots can grow 2 ft. long, about half growing above the surface. Flesh is tinted with a rosy red hue. Chefs have used thin slices of this beautiful enormous root as plates.

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Product Description

Scientific Name: Beta vulgaris

Family: Goosefoot

Type: Biennial

Native Range: Lower 48 States and Puerto Rico

Hardiness Zones: 3-10; beets can tolerate some cold and roots can remain in the ground until a hard freeze;

Soil Requirements: light loamy soil with even supply of moisture, protected from prolonged periods of heat; slightly acidic pH [6.5 – 7];

Light Preference: Full sun

Water: Moderate

Days until Germination: 10-15 days

Sowing: Sow beets 2″ deep after soil has warmed to around 45°.

Plant Spacing: Beet seeds are actually a cluster of ~2-6 seeds. Sow thinly about 1″-3″ apart, in rows 12″-24″ apart. After germination, snip or pull out the weaker seedlings from the cluster. Thin to 4″ between plants.

Plant Height: Greens 6″-10″

Harvest: 90-100 days; can be harvested at full-size or anytime after their tops have poked up out of the ground; utilize the greens for salads; may be left for a week or two after maturity in soil to increase storage time, though texture may become slightly woody;

Grows Well With: Bush beans, onions, lettuce, kohlrabi and most members of the Cabbage family

Grows Poorly With: Pole beans, field mustard, charlock

Potential Problems: Damping off; cutworms; aphids; flea beetles; cabbage looper; blister beetles; beet webworms; grasshoppers; snails and slugs; leafminer larvae; mosaic virus; downy mildew; cracked roots; June beetle larvae;

Uses & Cooking Suggestions: Most often used to enhance livestock health, however, chefs have been known to thinly slice this giant beet to make a decorative (and somewhat edible) plate.

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Size

S ~150 Seeds, L ~2,200 Seeds

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