Solo Beet is a hybrid, monogerm variety with dark red, uniformly round roots. Beets are naturally a multigerm seed variety. This means that each seed contains embryos for multiple (usually 2-3) plants. As a result, traditional varieties require thinning to produce large, uniform beet roots. This thinning can be in seed trays or in the field, but is necessary for consistent production. Solo Beet is a monogerm variety that doesn’t require thinning. This hybrid only produces one plant per seed and works great for direct seeding or transplanting. You will save time and effort with sacrificing taste or quality of product. Solo produces dark red, round roots that have a remarkable sweetness. Plants produce dark green tops that are around 14″ tall at full maturity. The well-formed tops make this a great variety for bunching. Solo also has a solid disease-resistance package which includes mildew, cercospora leaf spot and root rot.
Beets may be direct-seeded on a bed with multiple rows close together. Rows may be spaced as close as 6″ apart. Harvest beets when roots have reached 3-4″ in size. For storage, remove the greens and keep the roots in the refrigerator. Beet roots may be washed before storing, but allow roots to dry before placing in cold storage. Growing beets from transplants is also an effective method. Place one seed per cell in our seed starting trays and transplant when a solid root system has developed. Transplant into the ground at 4″ spacing along the row. Beets work great grown in double rows to maximize garden space. For double row planting, plant two rows 4″ apart with 3′ between double rows.
Solo Beet Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant and direct seed
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 4-6″
Row Spacing: 3′
Days to Maturity: 55
Disease Resistance: Downy Mildew, Cercospora Leaf Spot, Root Rot