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Red Mammoth Fodder Beet Seeds (2g)
Heirloom Red Mammoth Fodder Beet Seeds (Mangel Beet) | Grow Red Mammoth Fodder Beets


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Red Mammoth Fodder Beet (2g):
Traditionally used for feeding livestock in the winter, this heirloom beet produces lush edible leaves and a root up to 20 pounds in weight! Average: 100 days.

Detailed planting instructions:
Plant in early spring, as soon as you can work the soil, ¾ inch deep and 1 inch apart in rows 12 to 18 inches apart. For continuous harvest, make successive plantings every three weeks until midsummer. For winter storage, sow crop about 10 weeks before heavy freeze. The wrinkled "seedball" usually contains two to four viable seeds, making it necessary to thin to 3- to 4" spacing if you plan to harvest young, small or cylindrical-shaped roots, or 6" spacing for larger roots for winter storage. Begin thinning when seedlings are about 4 to 5 inches tall, and eat the thinning. Cut rather than pull plants when thinning to avoid disturbing roots of other plants. Unlike most root crops, beets can be started inside or in cold frames and transplanted into the garden. Use floating row covers to discourage insects early in the season. Keep well-weeded. Competition and uneven watering can make beets stringy and tough. Beets are closely related to Swiss chard and spinach. Avoid following these crops in rotation. Beets tolerate average to low fertility. Too much nitrogen will encourage top growth at the expense of root development. Best color and flavor develop under cool conditions and bright sun. When beets mature in warm weather, they are lighter colored, have less sugar and have more pronounced color zoning in the roots. Fluctuating weather conditions produce white zone rings in roots. Beets are biennials. Normally, they produce an enlarged root during their first season. Then after overwintering they produce a flower stalk. If they experience two to three weeks of temperatures below 45 F after they have formed several true leaves during their first season, a flower stalk may grow prematurely. Many newer varieties are less sensitive to this problem.

Beets can be harvested whenever they grow to the desired size. About 60 days are required for beets to reach 1 1/2 inches in diameter, the size often used for cooking, pickling or canning as whole beets. Beets enlarge rapidly to 3 inches with adequate moisture and space. With most varieties, beets larger than 3 inches may become tough and fibrous. Beets may be stored in a polyethylene bag in a refrigerator for several weeks. Beets also may be stored in outdoor pits if the beets are dug before the ground freezes in the fall. Cut off the tops of the beets one inch above the roots. Beets store best at 32°F and 95 percent humidity. Do not allow them to freeze. When harvesting beets, separate the green tops from the roots leaving an inch of stem on the beet. Beets larger than 3 inches in diameter are often fibrous and woody. Beet greens are packed with nutritional value but must be prepared separately. Upon storage the greens will quickly draw the moisture from the root greatly reducing flavor and the beets will become shriveled. Leave one inch stem and the taproot intact to retain moisture and nutrients. After separating, beets store well for about a week in perforated plastic bags in the refrigerator. Use beets while they are still firm and fresh.

Saving Seeds:
Saving beet seeds is a two-year project because this biennial doesn't flower and produce its seed clusters until the next growing season. Tie up the stalks to stakes when they become floppy, look for blossoms in June and July, and harvest the seeds in August. Cut off the tops and allow them to dry under cover, then strip off the seeds. Restrict yourself to a single variety each year if you will be saving seeds, beet seeds have a talent for cross-pollination over distances of a mile or more.

Average Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 13 Write a product review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Great Service May 20, 2015
Reviewer: Jason Caruthers from Lyman, SC United States  
They sent these out the same day I ordered them. Will be a repeat customer.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Tastey treat!! November 6, 2014
Reviewer: Robert P from San Antonio, TX United States  
The description said they used to grow these for cattle I believe, but I tried them and they are just great. They taste different from the Detroit Dark, and the others they sell on MPS.com but very good... I found the greens to be exceptionally good too! Every seed grows as long as you put it at the right depth. These need a good soaking and deep soil. They take longer to grow to maturity, but they are very large when fully grown. Excellent

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Looking forward to trying October 23, 2014
Reviewer: Tami/TX from Bridgeport, TX United States  
I have livestock and this could be an excellentaddition

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  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Beets Red Mammoth Fooder May 3, 2014
Reviewer: Dwayne Biever from Hudson's Hope, BC Canada  
Was surprised to see I got twenty small packages of seed and not a large bulk order bag
of them?

Usually when you order say 150g or250g or500g
you get a bulk order bag full. ??
I will be looking for where I can get a 500g bag full

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Mammoth beets grew well. November 29, 2013
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
These seeds had a great germination rate and grew well.  I planted them as a fall crop and have just left them in the ground to feed to the chickens when needed.  The smaller ones were good to eat for humans as well.

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