avalanche seeds

Produces pure white roots with a round uniform shape and a fantastic sweet flavour. This high yielding white beetroot, perfectly complements fish and poultry dishes whilst retaining its flavour through cooking and is perfect for dishes where you do not wish the normal purple beetroot stain.

Sow where the plants are to grow, 1/2 inch deep, 4-6 inches apart, in full sun on a neutral (non-acid) soil. Most "seeds" are really capsules containing multiple seeds, so thinning to single plants is necessary. If thinned gradually, they can be enjoyed as greens. Keep soil moist.

Sowing Advice.

Matures in 50 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

This 2015 All America Selections Award Winner is a pure white beet with very mild flavour. Plant Avalanche beet seeds for beets that are still very sweet, but lack the earthy beet flavour. They also have no bitter aftertaste and they are delicious raw or cooked. Early maturing and very uniform for an open pollinated variety. Avalanche beets have good tolerance to Cercospera. Harvest the beets at 8cm (3″) in diameter for the best crunchy texture. Use these white beets in order to add novelty to farm stands and CSA boxes. They also work really well in the home garden, of course.

Harvest Harvest at any size, but for the best flavour, pull the beets as soon as they have reached full-size. Eat the greens too. Store in the ground, or in moist peat or sand just above freezing.

Quick Facts:

Starting Sow 1cm (½”) deep, 5-10cm (2-4″) apart in rows 30-45cm (12-18″) apart.

Days to Maturity From direct sowing.

Difficulty Easy.

Diseases & Pests If beets have black cankers in the roots, soil may need more boron. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of borax to 4L (8½ US pints) of water, and spread evenly over 9m² (100 sq ft) of soil. Do not over apply at a heavier rate. Circular lesions with a purple halo on the leaf is cercospera leaf spot. Prevent by strict crop rotation and sanitation. Leaf miner maggots cause blistered grey tunnels in leaves. Just squish them inside the leaf. Floating row cover carefully applied after planting will prevent the leaf miner fly from laying its eggs.

We Recommend: Chioggia (BT169) . It’s hard to pick a favourite beet because they all have winning qualities. But slice into a Chioggia beet, and discover a party going on inside! It’s certainly one of the most festive looking of all garden vegetables, and it tastes wonderful, too. For Urban Growers: Try Bull’s Blood (BT174) as a micro-green, and harvest just as the first set of true leaves is emerging. Eye-catching and delicious – and very nutritious.

Timing Direct sow 4 weeks after last frost to mid-summer. Beets will not produce roots if planted when the soil is too cold. Seeds will germinate in 5-12 days, depending on soil temperature. Optimal soil temperature: 10-26°C (50-80°F).

Seed Info In optimum conditions at least 75% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 600-1M seeds, per acre: 436M seeds.

Latin Beta vulgaris Family: Amaranthaceae.

Season & Zone Season: Cool Season Biennial Exposure: Full-sun or partial-shade Zone: Hardy to Zone 5.

Growing Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. For uniformly sized beets, thin carefully to 7-15cm (3-6″) apart when seedlings are 5cm (2″) tall. Eat any thinned plants, roots and all. root size is controlled by spacing and variety.

Beets are incredibly nutritious. Both the roots and the leaves are an excellent source of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamin C. They also contain betaine, a compound that is essential for cardiovascular health. Eat them raw, cooked, pickled – you can even make beet chips! Most important, it is very easy to grow beets from seed.

Companion Planting Beets add minerals to the soil. The greens are very good for the compost. Plant with bush beans, Brassicas, corn, garlic, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, and mint. Add cut mint leaves as a mulch for beets. Avoid planting beets near pole beans, as the nitrogen fixed by the beans may encourage leafy beet growth and diminished root development.

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.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

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.

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 Pyrethrin • 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.

Direct Sowing • At the bottom of the furrow band 1 cup of TSC’s Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet • Cover seeds with sifted compost, loose soil, or vermiculite and water evenly • Use row cover when soil temperatures are cool and to protect from pests • Sow June—August for a fall crop.

Culture • Beets perform best in fertile, evenly moist soil 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 • Transplanting not recommended as it can damage the tap root.

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.

KEY TO BEET DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE HR indicates high resistance. IR indicates intermediate resistance. BLS | Bacterial Leaf Spot C | Cercospora.