The Q&A Archives: Beets in Zone 9

Question: Over the last 20 years I have not been able to raise beets. I have tried various varieties using advice such as freezing the seed, soaking in H2O/milk, and pre-sprouting. If the seeds germinate and sprout, they generally fail to grow. Any tips?

Answer: Beets need cool weather to do well. In Florida beets do best if planted in October, November and December. Some <br>varieties you could try are Early Wonder, Detroit Dark Red,<br>and Cylindra. Add plenty of compost to your soil and work it in well. Add a small amount of an 8-8-8 fertilize. Soak seed in water overnight before planting. Beets require ample moisture at planting time or the seed will not germinate.

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