Beta vulgaris ‘Boltardy’


  • Botanical name: Beta vulgaris 'Boltardy'
  • Common name: Beetroot
  • Family: Amaranthaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

Beetroot, Beta vulgaris, is easy to grow and makes the perfect crop for ‘beginner’ gardeners. Roots are usually cylindrical or globe-shaped, and range in colour from darkest purple-red to pink, yellow and even white. Harvest them when they are young – no bigger than a golf ball – and eat them pickled, roasted, or grated and used in salads. Don’t forget the leaves, which can also be harvested – use young greens in salads and older ones blanched like spinach.


Beta vulgaris ‘Boltardy’ remains one of the most popular beetroots. Bolt-resistant, it can be sown earlier than many other varieties. For the earliest crops, sow undercover 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 winter. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Beta 'Boltardy'

  • Plant size

    23cm height

    25cm spread

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

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Do Sow in April

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Do Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

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Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

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Do not Sow in December


Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

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Do not Harvest in May

Do not Harvest in June

Do Harvest in July

Do Harvest in August

Do Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Beta 'Boltardy' and wildlife

Beta 'Boltardy' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Beta 'Boltardy' poisonous?

Beta 'Boltardy' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Beta 'Boltardy'