Cylindra or Formanova beets are an heirloom variety from Denmark believed to have been developed in the 1880s. They were first introduced to American gardeners around 1900. This variety of Beta vulgaris is generally planted close together because it grows longer than wider than the round varieties, thus achieving a higher crop yield. Cylindra beets grow best in mild, cooler climates.
Nutritional Value: A rich source of Iron, Calcium, and Vitamins: A, B1, B2, C, and Niacin.
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 8-10 inches
Optimum Soil Ph: 7
Days To Maturity: 60
Sowing Method: Outdoors
Beet seeds can be planted in early spring or midsummer. Soak seeds overnight in damp towel before planting for excellent germination. Plant beet seeds 1” apart and thin weakest seedlings to desired spacing. Keep soil evenly moist to prevent beet roots from getting woody. For longer harvest, stagger beet plantings every 2-3 weeks.