Great pickled, or for livestock feed, large yields, up to 20 lbs each
Huge, up to 20 lbs. each, large yields per acre. Highly used for livestock feed in the 1800's. Or picked small for table use. Fodder beets have been around since the 1400s if not earlier. These beets were prized as nutritious animal feed that were easy to store. Fodder beets are hardy, adaptable and palatable. Ideal for planting in late summer for use as a winter and spring crop. Red Mammoth Mangel Beets produce an incredible mass of edible beet leaves and a large root up to 20 lbs. or more in size! Prefer deeply tilled free draining sandy soil to achieve full size. Simply allow your animals to graze on the tops, cut the tops for feeding or harvest the root.Amaranthaceae Beta vulgaris
Mammoth Red Mangel
These Long Beets store well are easier to slice. They are a fast growing crop under good growing conditions. Fodder beets are significantly larger than other beet varieties.
Long Beets don't need to be sown at deeper depth, but they will need good deep soil compared to Round Red or Specialty varieties. If a hard bedrock is close to your topsoil consider a shorter type of beet.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 90-100 (Spring/Summer), 90-120 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Beets can be frost tolerant and are a good winter crop for milder areas. Beets are hardy, and can be grown year-round under the proper circumstances.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Beets are quite fast growing, taking 50 to 80 days to maturity. They like cool weather and grow best with warm days (60 to 70 F) and cool nights. In most of the United States this means growing them as a spring or fall crop. They grow well enough in warm weather, but the high temperatures can cause the roots to be tough, unevenly colored (zoned), somewhat bitter (or lacking sweetness) and generally of lesser quality.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 50°F - 80°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Beets can germinate in cold (40 degree) soil, but they are very slow. They germinate best at 70 degrees.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool)
The plants need full sun for best growth, especially when they are growing as a fall or winter crop.
Consistent watering is essential for good root production. Beets grown without sufficient water may have tough, woody roots and show concentric whitish zoning. They may also bolt prematurely. Too much water may result in bushy, luxuriant tops and small roots. Irregular watering may cause splitting.
Beets aren't very hungry plants, though they do like phosphorus and potassium.
- Tolerates light frost, Needs summer shade
- Small Gardens?
Beets can be grown in containers, though they aren't as productive as when grown in the ground. You will need a container that is a minimum of 12 inches deep and 8 inches in diameter. Fill the container with either soilless potting mix (compost, perlite and coco-fiber) or a mixture of compost and standard potting soil. Sow the seeds 1/2 inch deep and 1 inch apart (do not overcrowd, as this will stunt the root growth.) Water regularly, taking care not to over-saturate the soil. Keep the soil moist but not soaked. Lightly fertilize after about 2-3 weeks of growth. Beets are extremely hardy, and can be grown year-round under the proper circumstances.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Rich, dark-red
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile