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Beta vulgaris 'Bulls Blood'

Beetroot

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Amanda Darcy, copyright GAP Photos (22732)

Plant details

The Victorians used to use beetroot as a hardy bedding plant, and the striking foliage of 'Bulls Blood' makes it easy to see why. Dating from 1840, this heirloom cultivar produces deep red-purple edible leaves and small, tasty beets which are best harvested when they're 7cm (3in) in size. The plants do best in well-drained, rich soil (not freshly manured) and can even be grown in pots: at 5cm (2in) spacing for small beets, it's possible to fit several plants into the smallest space. It's a thirsty plant, particularly if grown in pots, and needs extra water during dry periods to reduce the likelihood of bolting.

Genus: Beta

Species: vulgaris

Cultivar: Bulls Blood

Plant type: Vegetable

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm


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