Beta vulgaris

Fodder, Faberge, and the Digital Age


In the early 1900s, Pavel Ivanovich Kharitonenko was known as "The Sugar King." He lorded over the Russian agriculture scene with his considerable riches, garnered from his involvement in the sugar beet industry. What did this baron with impeccable taste do with his beet-based wealth? He collected the work of famed jeweler Peter Carl Faberge, creator of the world-renowned "Faberge Eggs." The artwork on this pack digitally re-imagines the natural jewel-like brilliance of beets as priceless decorative objects, transforming the beet from fodder to Faberge and then into the digital age. Grow your own deliciously lavish jewels with this brilliant blend of colorful beets.


Art Pack, 100 seeds

Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

Brilliant Beet Blend | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Seeds

  • Days to Maturity 55
    Planting Depth ¾"
    Spacing in Row 4"
    Spacing Between Rows 18"


    Direct sow starting 1-2 weeks before last frost and continue until 8-10 weeks before first fall frost. Beets prefer fertile, weed-free soil for formation of large roots. Thin young seedlings to every two inches, then pull out every other beet to enjoy at the baby stage, leaving the remainder to grow to full size. Leave later sowings in the ground for harvest through November, then pull and store.

  • Bill Rybak was born in the Lower East Side and now lives in the Hudson Valley. He works in a variety of media exploring themes like the clash / synthesis of opposites.


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