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Organic Bull's Blood Beet Seeds

Beta vulgaris

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow seeds outside 4 weeks before the last expected frost. Soften the seeds by soaking them in water for 2 hours, then plant in full sun and well drained soil. Sow them 1" deep and 1" apart in rows 1-2' apart. Tamp down the earth above the seeds to ensure good contact with the soil, and germination should take place in 5-15 days. Add compost or other organic matter for healthy growth. For companion planting benefits, plant beets with bush beans, onions, or members of the cabbage family; avoid planting them near pole beans.

Growing: Since each beet "seed" holds up to 8 actual seeds, the seedlings will need to be thinned to 3" apart. The uprooted plants do well as a second crop, as transplanting them will set them about 2 weeks behind the original plants. Take care not to bruise the seedlings when weeding. They love cool weather, and can survive temperatures down to 25F.

Harvesting: Beets have the best taste and tenderness when they are harvested between 1" and 3" in diameter. After pulling them, twist off the tops about 1" up the stem to prevent the beets from bleeding. Bull's Blood beets also produce especially lovely and tasty reddish purple tops that mature in 40 days. One-thrid of the tops can be harvested without damaging the plant.

Seed Saving: Since beets are wind pollinated, be sure to separate them from other varieties of chard and beet by at least two miles to preserve genetic purity. Beet plants must weather the winter in order to produce seed. In warmer climates, simply mulch the plants. In cooler climates, dig up the roots and store them in sand, without the roots touching each other, in a cool and humid location - plant them again in early spring. The plants will soon go to seed in the spring; wait until the seed heads are fully grown and dry before removing them. The seeds will readily come off the stems after they are completely dry. Store the seed in a cool, dry place for up to five years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Beta vulgaris

Species Origin: Heirloom from 1840

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 960

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 10 Inches

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~100 Seeds) $2.50 Sold Out
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $5.40 Sold Out
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $8.00 Sold Out
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $23.20 Sold Out
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $87.00 Sold Out
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DESCRIPTION

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The Bull's Blood variety of beet is an old heirloom from the 1800s. The leaves of Bull's Blood Beets mature to baby greens in 35 days and their burgundy color and sweet flavor adds character to your salads! Roots of this heirloom show attractive candy striped zoning when sliced, and mature in 55 Days.
The Bull's Blood beet originated in the Netherlands in 1840 from seed pioneer Kees Sahin, who developed it from the French beet "Crapaudine," the oldest known type of beet. Interestingly, Swedish law later declared that their red food coloring must only be made from this type of beet.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow seeds outside 4 weeks before the last expected frost. Soften the seeds by soaking them in water for 2 hours, then plant in full sun and well drained soil. Sow them 1" deep and 1" apart in rows 1-2' apart. Tamp down the earth above the seeds to ensure good contact with the soil, and germination should take place in 5-15 days. Add compost or other organic matter for healthy growth. For companion planting benefits, plant beets with bush beans, onions, or members of the cabbage family; avoid planting them near pole beans.

Growing: Since each beet "seed" holds up to 8 actual seeds, the seedlings will need to be thinned to 3" apart. The uprooted plants do well as a second crop, as transplanting them will set them about 2 weeks behind the original plants. Take care not to bruise the seedlings when weeding. They love cool weather, and can survive temperatures down to 25F.

Harvesting: Beets have the best taste and tenderness when they are harvested between 1" and 3" in diameter. After pulling them, twist off the tops about 1" up the stem to prevent the beets from bleeding. Bull's Blood beets also produce especially lovely and tasty reddish purple tops that mature in 40 days. One-thrid of the tops can be harvested without damaging the plant.

Seed Saving: Since beets are wind pollinated, be sure to separate them from other varieties of chard and beet by at least two miles to preserve genetic purity. Beet plants must weather the winter in order to produce seed. In warmer climates, simply mulch the plants. In cooler climates, dig up the roots and store them in sand, without the roots touching each other, in a cool and humid location - plant them again in early spring. The plants will soon go to seed in the spring; wait until the seed heads are fully grown and dry before removing them. The seeds will readily come off the stems after they are completely dry. Store the seed in a cool, dry place for up to five years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Beta vulgaris

Species Origin: Heirloom from 1840

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 960

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 10 Inches

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