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Beet

Beta vulgaris 'Bull's Blood'

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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.

PropagationSow seed where it is to grow in early spring or late summer.

ProblemsBeets are prone to fungal leaf spots, downy mildew, powdery mildew, damping off, root rots, while leaf miners, aphids, and caterpillars can also be problems.

  • Genus : Beta
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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