I just blogged that beet seeds are actually seed pods so when you plant what you think is one beet seed you actually plant a cluster of seeds. If more than one seed germinates from the cluster, you get two or more plants with very tangled seeds. Dividing them is difficult from cell packs. It can be done. Beets are very hardy and if the weather is cool, a damaged plant can survive. A damaged plant is typically a plant with like a single strand of root.
|Beet Transplants - The Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik|
|Beet Root Cluster - The Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik|
Even the roots of beets are red. This cluster is several beets. Tear from the bottom until you reach the leave and plant cluster. Make a wish a break the best you can. You are just breaking the clump one time. Don't try and break every plant out. Even if some plant die you will have beets. You can also harvest the leaves for salads.
|Splitting Beet Transplants in Two: Gary Pilarchik|
Plant them in a hole the is deeper than the roots and back fill. Gently press the soil around the plant and water daily for several days, especially if it is sunny and in the 70's. You can see more than two plants in the picture below.
|Transplanting Beets - The Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik|
|A Row of Transplanted Beets: Gary Pilarchik|