An annual vegetable, sow in spring. Prolific variety with blood red roots and red-tinged green tops. Roots are globular, 6-8cm/2.5-3″ across with smooth skin. Beets grow best in full sun and well-drained soil. Plant them in garden soil with a depth of 8 to 10 inches and cleared of rocks. Beets require a good amount of phosphorus to produce healthy roots. Since this nutrient is not very mobile within the soil, it is most often applied by distributing it along the length of the rows.