Beet

Beta vulgaris 'Bull's Blood'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Beet (Beta vulgaris 'Bull's Blood')
BAY-tah vul-GAR-iss
Synonyms:  B. vulgaris subsp. cicla 'Bull's Blood'
Genus:  Beta
This heirloom beet from 1840 is primarily grown for its tender, sweet, deep red-burgundy foliage, but the beets are tasty when harvested at the 2- to 3-inch size. The glossy leaves reach 18 inches high. Though it is edible, it is often grown as an ornamental, and its dark leaves contrast nicely with many garden plants.
Care:  'Bull's Blood' beet likes rich, light, moist soil, in full sun or partial shade. It needs extra water during dry periods to reduce the likelihood of bolting.
Propagation:  Sow seed where it is to grow in early spring or late summer.
Problems:  Beets are prone to fungal leaf spots, downy mildew, powdery mildew, damping off, root rots, while leaf miners, aphids, and caterpillars can also be problems.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Annuals

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