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Avalanche seeds

Avalanche

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West Coast Seeds ships anywhere in North America. However, we are not able to ship garlic, potatoes, asparagus crowns, bulbs, onion sets, Mason bee cocoons, or nematodes outside of Canada. We regret, we cannot accept returns or damages for orders outside of Canada. The minimum shipping charge to the US is $6.99.

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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.

Matures in 50 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Pure white beets
    • AAS Award Winner
    • Very mild flavour
    • Resistant to Cercospera
    • Matures in 50 days

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    Avalanche

    All About Avalanche

    Latin

    Latin
    Beta vulgaris
    Family: Amaranthaceae

    Difficulty

    Difficulty
    Easy

    We Recommend:

    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.

    Season & Zone

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

    Timing

    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).

    Starting

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

    Days to Maturity

    Days to Maturity
    From direct sowing.

    Growing

    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.

    Harvest

    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.

    Seed Info

    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.

    Diseases & Pests

    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.

    Companion Planting

    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.

    How to Grow Beets

    Step 1: 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).

    Step 2: Starting

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

    Step 3: Growing

    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.

    Step 4: Germination

    Days to maturity: From direct sowing.

    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.

    Step 5: Harvest

    Harvest at any size. 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.

    Step 6: Tips!

    Disease & 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.

    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.

    AVALANCHE

    55 days. These AAS award-winning, snow white roots have all the sweetness of ordinary beets without any bitterness or strong, beety flavor that some folks find too potent to enjoy. At 2-3 inches in diameter, the roots are sized nicely for slicing and roasting, can be grated raw into salad, or juiced into the most lip-smacking juice. Avalanche is here to convert even the pickiest eater into a beet enthusiast! HR: C.

    Key Features:

    Key Features:

    Soil Temp for Germ 50–75°F
    Seed Depth ½”
    Seed Spacing 1″
    Days to Emergence 5–17
    Thin Plants to 3–4″
    Row Spacing 12–16″
    Fertilizer Needs Medium
    Minimum Germination 75%
    Seeds per Gram ≈ 30–75
    Seed Life 2 years

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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