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

Posted by Earth_Healer none (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 22, 13 at 17:15

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

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.

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

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).

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