Beta vulgaris subsq vulgaris
This variety has stunning purple-red color seedlings when grown as microgreens and baby leaf. Beet tops are dark red-purple color and with remarkable sweet flavor. The tasty roots are best when harvested 2-3" in diameter.
- Cool season annual
- Approx. 350-450 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- Maturity: Approx. 20 days microgreens, 35 days baby leaf, 55-60 days
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Cultivation: Best color and flavor develop under cool conditions and bright sun. In warm weather, beets may be light colored, less sugar and color zoning in the roots. Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in spring after last frost in a warm, sunny location or partial shade in hot areas. In temperate areas, sow in late summer/early fall as well. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Too much nitrogen will produce lush foliage and small root development. Like chard, beet seeds produce more than one plant, so will require thinning when seedling are 4-5" tall. When the plant has a strong root structure, harvest a couple of leaves from each plant. Mature plants can be cut back to 1-2" above soil for re-growth for a cut-and-come again harvest.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Tasty roots for baking, roasting, boiling or sautéing and fresh greens to boil or steam. Bull's Blood variety add exceptional color and flavor to microgreen and baby leaf mixes.