Beet 'Bull's Blood' Seed Pack

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The 'Bull's Blood' beet has been around since the mid-1800s and has always been valued as much for its extraordinary leaves as for its roots. The dark red to purplish leaves are nutrient-dense and delicious, while also being pretty enough to be grown as a cool season ornamental. The roots have the best flavor and texture when harvested early. Fun fact: allegedly, Sweden allows red food coloring to only be legally produced from Bull's Blood beets. 

Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
Mature Size: Leaf tops to 16" tall, roots 2" - 3" in diameter
Light: Sun to partial sun
Cold Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial grown as an annual
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 45°F, ideally 60°–85°F, for early summer crop
When to Start Inside: Not recommended. Root disturbance delays maturity.
Special Germination Instructions: 6 to 8 weeks before your average first fall frost date for late summer/fall crop.
Days to Emerge: 5 - 21 days
Seed Depth: 1/2"
Seed Spacing: 1 seed every 4." Note that each "seed" is actually a dried fruit with multiple seeds inside it.
Row Spacing: 12"
Thinning: Multiple plants will most likely emerge in the same spot. When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 4"
Maturity Date: 50 - 60 days
When to Harvest: Harvest when roots are anywhere from 1"–3" in diameter. Greens are most tender when small, so start harvesting when they are 2" tall. You can take as much as one third of a beet plant's outer leaves without harming the roots.
Additional Info: For early spring sowings, harvest beets before summer heat. For late summer sowings, harvest before first heavy freeze.
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