When do beets go to seed and can the winter over?

Earth_HealerOctober 22, 2013

I have some beets growing and it is close to the time of freezing but they are not ready for harvest. I have two questions, can beets winter over and do beets go to seed like some plants in that they only seed after the second yr?

Well I lied, I've one more question. If beets can winter over are the roots edible or will they turn bitter?

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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Beets will usually, in most climates, go to seed next year when it starts to get noticeably warm.

Your other questions are better discussed at Vegetable Gardening - GardenWeb. I think you will find there that you can overwinter beets with enough mulch and that some varieties may sometimes get a bit sweeter during the early winter.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 2:41PM
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Campanula UK Z8

yeah, mine overwinter....but they are pretty huge and gnarly, fit only for roasting and borscht......nothing like those little golfball summer beets. In truth, I mainly grow them for the leaves cos I am not keen on quite a lot of root crops (parsnip....gah!)...but essentially, they are biennial so will bolt to seed next year around May (for me).

    Bookmark   October 30, 2013 at 5:26PM
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