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.”