These sweet beets have a mild flavor that can make a beet lover out of anyone! A 2015 All-America Selections winner with 2"-3" creamy white, round roots. An added bonus—white beets don't stain your hands, cutting board, soups, or stews red! Keep roots covered with soil or mulch for best color and flavor. Disease resistant to Cercospora and leaf spot.
• Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
• Days to Maturity: 50 days
• Family: Amaranthaceae
• Native: Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean region
• Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial grown as an annual
• Plant Dimensions: Leaves to 12" tall
• Variety Information: Roots are best harvested at 1"–3" round, but will continue to get larger if allowed. White beets lack the pigment betalain, which imparts an earthy flavor as well as red or yellow color. 'Avalanche' is a 2015 All-America Selections award winner. Plants are resistant to Cercospora and leaf spot.
• Attributes: Disease Resistant, Good for Containers
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 45°F, ideally 60°–85°F, for early summer crop. 6 to 8 weeks before your average first fall frost date for late summer/fall crop. Mild Climates: Sow fall through winter.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended. Root disturbance delays maturity.
• Days to Emerge: 5 – 21 days
• Seed Depth: ½"
• Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 4"
• Row Spacing: 12"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 4"
• Harvesting: For early spring sowings, harvest beets before summer heat. For late summer sowings, harvest before first heavy freeze. For winter sowings in mild climates, harvest in early spring. Harvest when roots are anywhere from 1"-3" in diameter. The smaller they are, the more tender. Greens are most tender when small, so start harvesting when they are 2" tall. You can take as much as one third of a beet plant's outer leaves without harming the root crop.