Beet, Bull's Blood
Wonderful and amazing looking dual purpose beet.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
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 Maturity40-52 daysFruit Size2-3 inchesSunFull SunSpread12 inchesHeight8-10 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin4 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Beet, Bull's Blood is rated out of 5 by 6.Rated 5 out of 5 by aspiringfarmer 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: 2015-08-14Rated 5 out of 5 by LeoJen 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: 2015-08-10Rated 5 out of 5 by GardenGeek32 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: 2014-12-12Rated 5 out of 5 by Nonny 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: 2012-05-08Rated 5 out of 5 by bert16803 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: 2010-01-03Rated 5 out of 5 by IslanderToo 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