Beta vulgaris 'Forono'


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Plant type



Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

This variety produces good-sized cyclindrical roots with nice flavour and texture. For the earliest crops, sow under cloche protection as soon as the soil warms up at the start of the year. Later crops can be lifted in late autumn and stored in sand for use during the winter months. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Chenopodiaceae

Genus: Beta

Species: vulgaris

Cultivar: Forono

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 35cm

Time to plant seeds: March to July

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