(Beta vulgaris) This striking heirloom produces tender, deep burgundy leaves perfect for salad or microgreens. Foliage grows up to 16” and is the perfect addition to a winter salad mix with a flavor similar to swiss chard or spinach. Bull’s Blood roots have candy-striped rings and a tender, delicious flavor when harvested young. Heat and cold tolerant.
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Sow outside 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost for an early summer crop. Sow in late summer for fall crop. Avoid growing during hot temperatures as beets will become tough and stringy. Plant beet seeds 1” apart and thin to desired spacing.
Soak seeds for 8 to 24 hours before sowing for best germination.
Beets are a good indicator of soil pH. For optimal growth, a soil pH above 5.5–6 is best.
Thinning is necessary, as the seed is actually a dried fruit with 1-5 seeds, so you may get more than one seedling out of each seed planted.