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Old June 20, 2009   #1
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Default can you transplant beets and chard?

My beets sprouted but then over time dissappeared. The soil is pretty course and the slugs probably got them before they could get true leaves. Only two are left out of a 15 foot row. Can I plant them in potting mix in cell flats and then transplant? Or do they need to be direct seeded for taproot development? I think I still have time to get a crop in, but direct seeding again isn't going to work
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Old June 20, 2009   #2
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Chard absolutely - I always start it early then divide it, and it grows like a weed. I was told with beets you can't, but moved some of my thinnings to another area, watered them well and they are doing great - so I discovered you can transplant beets. (or at least I did successfully!)
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Great, I'm of to do some plantin'
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ive done beets lots of times to paul
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Beets are the only root crop that I know of, that you CAN start indoors and transplant. That's how I've been doing it last year and this year. My transplanted beets always do better than my direct seeded beets. I plant one seed per cell and then thin to the one strongest seedling per cell. Then transplant the entire cell, without disturbing the starter mix, into it's planting hole. Works for me.
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Beets are not a root crop but have a swollen stem above ground.
Chard and beets being very closely related, in my experience both easy to transplant
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Thanks for this info, all! I always have trouble direct seeding beets. I will try this for my fall crop!
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for beets I direct sow and then thin them out -

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Tom, that's how I've always tried to grow beets in the past, too, but like someone said above, they germinate and then that's it, they don't grow very well and then they're just gone. Weird. I may as well try to start them indoors. Seed is cheap.
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Okay, it's almost time to do this. How many weeks before planting out do we start the beet seeds indoors? I'm starting one flat for myself and one for a friend. Thank you, beet growers.
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I forget if it has info for beets, but this site might be useful

http://www.veggieharvest.com/vegetab...ng/zone-5.html

You will have to change the zone though.
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That does help. Thanks. The time is NOW!
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