Approximately 55 - 65 seeds per gram Beta vulgaris Lot# BE235013 Touchstone is a fantastic, yellow, open pollinated beet that is considered the best yellow beet available today. Round, smooth, golden roots retain their color when cooked. Good uniform shape for an open pollinated beet. Buttery, fine texture and sweet when eaten raw. Touchstone has glossy green tops. Does not bleed like red beets. This is as sweet as a table beet gets.
Direct sow beets in April to June when soil temperatures have warmed up to at least 10˚C (50˚F). You can soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours before sowing as this will aid in germination, or direct sow at a depth of 5-12mm (¼ - ½”). String a row and etch a furrow about 5mm (½”) deep with a hoe and sow 15-20 beet seeds per 25cm (12”). Cover seeds lightly with soil and water lightly, keeping soil moist while seeds are germinating. Space out rows 35-45cm (14-18”) apart. When beets are about 5cm (2”) high, thin to one plant every 5- 12cm (2-5”). Weed as required until beets have the advantage.
Soil Conditions: Well worked, rich, loose and well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 5.5-6.8
Planting Depth: 12mm (½") deep. Space rows 35-45cm (14-18") apart.
Germination: 10-15 days.
Height at Maturity: Tops are 30-38cm (12-15”) tall. Spread is about is 25-30cm (10-12”) wide.
Days to Maturity: 60 days for maturity
Watering: Beets require a regular supply of water at least 2.5cm (1”) of water a week ensures good growth, whether vegetables are grown in single or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week will help supplement how much you should water your garden. Soil should remain mildly moist
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Seed Spacing: Thin beets when they are 5cm (2”) tall and space out to 5-12cm (2-5”).
Additional Information For small baby beets plant seeds at a rate of 30 seeds per 30cm (12”). For full sized beets, plant seeds at a rate of 15 seeds per 30cm (12”) and for storage plant beet seeds at a rate of 10 seeds per 30cm (12”). Choice greens can be selected and picked for cooking as well.