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Beet, Bull's Blood

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Wonderful and amazing looking dual purpose beet.

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HEIRLOOM. Bull's Blood has the reddest foliage we have ever seen. The earliest thinnings spark up spring and fall salads with a leaf color as richly dark red as radicchio. As the roots enlarge, the baby beets are also delicious cooked and mixed with salad. The small sweet red roots are best when harvested young. When sowing, mix beet seeds with fast-sprouting radish seeds to mark the rows. Grows best in cool weather and full sun.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

40-52 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

2-3 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

8-10 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Container Vegetables - Beets
Growing beets in containers is easy in early spring and again in the fall.
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With earthy sweetness and rich colors, beets are a delicious addition to your garden. We show you how easy it is to grow your own.
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How to Sow

  • Sow beet seeds in well-worked, well-drained soil in full sun after danger of frost in spring. In frost free areas, sow in fall.
  • Beets are sensitive to acidic soils and prefer a pH of 6.0 – 7.0. If your soil is more acidic, add Garden Lime as directed on the bag.
  • Sow thinly in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ½ inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
  • Thin to stand about 3" apart when seedlings are 1-2" tall. Note that beet seeds are actually clusters of seeds and require more thinning than other crops.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Pick the greens when they are 4-6 inches long and the roots are less than 2 inches in diameter.
  • Harvest roots at 1 inch for baby beets, up to 3 inches for mature beets.
  • Store fall-harvested beets at 33-35°F at 95% humidity.
  • Cook beet greens like spinach.
  • Beet roots can be pickled, grilled, baked or broiled.
  • To prevent red beets from excessive “bleeding” in cooking, wait until after cooking to peel, remove taproots and slice. Trim off the tops about 1 inch above the roots and wash carefully with a vegetable brush. Boil until tender, then plunge into cold water. When cool enough to handle, slip the skins off with your fingers and remove the little taproots. Slice the beets, or serve whole.
Days To Maturity
40-52 days
Fruit Size
2-3 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
12 inches
Height
8-10 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
4 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Beet, Bull's Blood is rated 4.857142857142857 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful purple color The plants took a little longer to develop the beautiful purple color I was looking for but when they did it really is just as spectacular as the pictures. This vegetable also has a very good flavor and the yield is just as good as my Detroit Reds. I do think it is a tad stringier though. Overall a really nice plant.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Beet Ever Having limited sun in my backyard, I decided to line my front garden bed with 2 packets of these beets behind a row of marigolds. All I have to say is WOW! Most people ask what kind of flower they are, with the rare exception of a long time gardener who knows what they are. Not only are the leaves beautiful, they are tender and delicious. I have harvested several meals worth of greens while waiting for the bulbs to mature. Only now, in mid-August are some of the leaves starting to green up and I have already thinned the row with some of the bigger bulbs, which canned up into some beautiful pickled beets.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yum I'm on year 2 with this beet. 1st year I direct sowed in a 3x3 raised bed, and two 3x1 rectangular containers. I was moderately successful, and what I did get was tasty. Year 2- I've container sown, as noted above. I'm now a fan for using these as salad greens, and pick the leaves when small and tender. It's still too early yet for actual roots, but we shall see.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Time Grower This beet has been a pleasure to have in my Fall garden! It's leaves are great for salad, sauteing, and juicing! The roots are stunning: bright, colorful, and so healthy looking. I think I may have pulled a few too early, but I have left more in the soil to let them grow larger. I cannot wait to harvest the rest. I am very pleased with these and definitely recommend them to anyone who has never tried growing beets before.
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loose:( Something got all my beets. My first try. But the color was wonderful to look at for about a week. Not your fault. May have been squirrels?
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great in salads Leaves are excellent in salads. Very productive and endures both heat and cold weather well. I grow them every year. (My neighbors love them too.... when I share.)
Date published: 2010-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy surprise This beet was included in a mesculn packet I planted last spring. The "greens" were tasty and spicy. We enjoyed them tremendously. I didn't think the roots would grow into edible beets. When pulling the bolted plants midsummer I discovered baby beets growing. I elected to let them go. They grew until mid-September and some got to be 7 or 8 inches in diameter. They were without a doubt the sweetest beet I have ever eaten. They tasted like they had been basted in sugar but all I did was boil and peel. Outstanding!! Highly recommended. What could be better? A season full of eating and a beautiful addition to the garden!
Date published: 2007-11-27
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