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Beets Beta vulgaris

Growing Beets: Tips at a Glance

Beets are a low-maintenance vegetable and grow in a rainbow of colors—purple, yellow, white, and striped—to brighten winter salads with vitamins A and C.

  • Type Edible vegetable
  • Lifespan Biennial
  • USDA Zones 3-10
  • Light Sun
  • Water Well-drained soil
  • When to Plant Early fall
  • Design Tip Rainbow of colors
  • Companions Carrots, kale, broccoli
  • Days to Mature 49-56 days

Beets: A Field Guide

Beets grow in a rainbow of colors—including purple, yellow, white, gold, striped, and orange—to brighten winter salads with a dose of vitamins A and C. The root vegetable’s leaves are as delicious to eat as the bulbs (pick them young and tender for a raw treat or sauté larger leaves lightly with garlic).

“There is something so demure and secretive about the beet,” writes our contributor Kier Holmes. “I actually love that I can’t see it growing. It’s a hidden gift until harvest time. I adore pulling beets from the ground and being amazed by the surprise.”

Planting, Care & Design of Beets

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