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  • Eventual height: 0.45m
  • Eventual spread: 0.45m

beetroot 'Bulls Blood'

beetroot Bulls Blood or Beta vulgaris 'Bull's Blood'

approx 80 seeds £2.79
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: tolerates most soils

    With its vividly-coloured deep burgundy leaves this plant is so striking it can be used in ornamental borders as well as on veg plots. Pick the baby leaves to add a rich splash of colour to salads, or leave the plants to mature for classic fat round purple beetroots. The leaves turn an even darker purple in cold weather, so for the richest colours leaves sow a last crop in September to grow through autumn. A heritage variety introduced in 1840.

  • Growing Instructions: In spring, make a shallow drill 1cm deep and sow the large, easy-to-handle seeds about 15cm apart. Cover again lightly with soil and water in. Seeds produce multiple seedlings, so thin to leave one plant to mature at each spot. Beetroot can also be grown in containers: sow direct into the compost allowing about five seeds to a 45cm pot.

  • Sow: April-June

  • Harvest: June to August
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