How to Plant Detroit Red Beets in a Container


Detroit dark red beets are an old, popular favorite with gardeners. This hearty beet produces sweet and tender bulbs and delicious leaves for greens. Many gardeners put these beets in garden rows, but you can successfully raise them in a container garden on your patio or balcony.

Step 1

Plant your beet seeds early in the spring, about three weeks before your last frost. You can find your garden's frost dates in the Farmers' Almanac or through your local extension service.

Step 2

Fill your planter container with potting soil. Mix in slow-release fertilizer according to the package directions.

Step 3

Plant beet seeds in your container 2 inches apart and 1 inch deep in the soil. Water the planter thoroughly. Place the planter in a spot that will receive at least six hours of sun per day. Keep the soil in the planter evenly moist, checking it every day to make sure that it doesn't dry out.

Step 4

Thin your seedlings after a week or two, when they have a set of true leaves. Thin plants down to one plant every 3 inches in either direction. Use these thinnings as healthy greens in your salad.

Things You'll Need

  • 12-inch planter containers
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer


  • National Gardening Association: Beet
  • Millington Seed: Detroit Dark Red Beet
  • National Gardening Association: Window Box Salad Garden

Who Can Help

  • Farmers' Almanac: Average Frost Date Map
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Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written dozens of articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including EndlessSunday, GardenGuides and Travels.