Growing Bull's Blood Beet Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: beta vulgaris
- Other Names:
- Days to Maturity: 40-52 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3-10
- Planting Depth: 1/2"
- Plant Spacing: 3"
- Row Spacing: 12-18"
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Light, moist soil, 6.5 to 7 ph
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun or partial shade
- Pests/diseases: Susceptible to fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, aphids and caterpillars.
- Color: Deep red/purple
- Flavor: Leaves have a bitter taste
Start with a light, moist soil, ideally with a PH level of 6.5 to 7. Sow the seeds half an inch deep, with three inches between plants and twelve to eighteen inches between rows. These seeds will need plenty of moisture while germinating, so keep the soil moist for the first twenty one days. These beets can thrive in conditions with full sun or partial shade. After forty to fifty two days, the beets should be ready for harvesting. Around this time, they will be between two and three inches. If you would like to keep the beets in your garden for aesthetic purposes, the leaves will turn to a darker shade of red as they continue to mature.
Bull's Blood Beet Seeds have been known to grow well in containers, flowerbed borders, and cottage gardens. They require full sun to partial shade, growing in clumps. This annual is great for an intermediate gardener. Leaves very hard and excellent in salad mix because of their contrast in color and bitterness in flavor to other greens. The Beet "lettuce" is said to have higher nutritional value than the already plentiful beetroot. Dark red roots of good sweetness and quality, yielding a plethora of uses in a number of recipes. Approx. 1,200 seeds/oz.