Lutz Green Leaf Beet

Lutz Green Leaf Beet

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Open Pollinated

Extra large beets can grow 6 inches wide without becoming pithy. Lutz Green Leaf has unsurpassed storage capacity, earning the name Winterkeeper. These crimson roots have a scrumptious flavor that becomes sweeter with time. Enjoy them boiled, pickled, roasted, or fresh in salad. The glossy, fuchsia-veined foliage is a delightful, hearty eating green.

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In Row Spacing Row Spacing Fertilizer Needs
3-4" 12-16" Medium

Beta vulgaris

This wholesome vegetable is doubly heart-healthy. The sweet, delicious roots contain high levels of glycine betaine. This phytochemical compound fights platelet clots and plaque formation in the arteries. Along with a wealth of potassium, calcium and vitamin A, hearty beet greens are rich in fiber, which may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Culture
• Beets perform best in fertile, evenly moist soils with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• Uniform soil moisture is essential
• Sudden changes in temperature or soil moisture will increase zoning (ring formation in the root) and lead to premature bolting

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Leaf miners, flea beetles, and leaf hoppers
• Insect control: Pick off affected leaves and check for eggs—if found, spray with Azatrol
• Common diseases: Scab
• Disease prevention: Neutral pH (7.0), 3-4 year crop rotation, keep adequately watered
• Common pests: Mice, voles, and gophers
• Pest control: Traps or underground screens

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when roots reach desired size; small roots are tender, large roots may become woody if left in the ground too long
• Leaves can be used as pot greens or in salads
• Trim tops and store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity

Fall & Winter Harvest
• Beets should be harvested before temperatures drop to the 15-20°F range
• If you are in a temperate climate, and your soil is well drained, your best location for root storage is in the garden under a protective layer of straw