Bulls Blood, Beet Seeds
Bull's Blood beet, scientifically known as Beta vulgaris, is a striking and versatile variety of beetroot that has gained popularity for its unique characteristics. This heirloom variety has a fascinating history, dating back centuries to Europe, where it was initially cultivated for its edible leaves rather than the root. Its name, "Bull's Blood," is derived from the deep burgundy-red color of its leaves, which resemble the color of ox blood. Over time, its sweet and earthy flavor profile has made it a favorite among chefs and home gardeners alike.
In terms of appearance, Bull's Blood beets typically grow to a medium size, roughly 2-3 inches in diameter, and have a round to slightly flattened shape. The seeds of this variety are easy to come by and can be sown directly in the garden or started indoors. Bull's Blood beets are relatively quick to mature, taking about 50-60 days from seed to harvest. The leaves are a deep red, while the root itself is a dark purplish-red, making it visually appealing on the plate.
Bull's Blood beets exhibit some resistance to common beet diseases like Cercospora leaf spot and Downy Mildew, although specific resistance levels may vary depending on growing conditions. When properly cared for, they can yield a plentiful harvest. To ensure optimal growth, it's recommended to space the beet plants about 2-4 inches apart in well-drained soil with full sun exposure. Adequate moisture and consistent watering are essential for healthy growth. Whether you're looking to add a pop of color to your garden or enhance your culinary creations, Bull's Blood beets are a delightful choice with a rich history and vibrant character.
Botanical NameBeta vulgaris
Additional CharacteristicsContainer Vegetables,Cool Season Vegetables,Heat Tolerant Vegetables,Juicing Vegetables
Seeds Per Gram44
Seeds Per Pound20,000
Seeds Per Ounce1,250
Growing ConditionsContainer Friendly, Heat Tolerant
Days To Maturity (# Days)58
Seeds Per Acre22 lbs
Learning Download: How to Grow Beets
Beets are a unique root vegetable edible for both its bulb and green tops. The vegetable is a biennial, which means they flower and seed in their second year of growth, but beets are typically grown as an annual.
Before Planting: Beets grow quickly in light or loamy soils with a pH over 6.0. In general, cool temperatures produce the best flesh color. Weather temperature fluctuations will cause white rings in the roots.
Planting: Begin sowings when soil has warmed to 45°F. Sow 12-15 seeds/ft. 1/2″ deep, rows 14-18″ apart. Thin to 1 plant per 2″ when true leaves begin to show. For a continuous supply of greens and small tender beets, sow seed at 2-week intervals until 8 weeks before regular heavy frosts are expected. Sow seeds 4-6 weeks before transplanting out after heavy frosts have decreased. Sow seeds 1/2″ deep, 2-3 seeds per cell. Transplant out 3″ apart in rows 14-18″ apart.
Watering: Since beets consist of mostly water, the plant requires adequate watering to grow. Water beets at least an inch weekly if rain doesn’t supply enough moisture. Water slowly to permeate the soil and reach the root.
Fertilizer: Apply some high-nitrogen fertilizer six weeks after planting.
Days to Maturity: 14-21 days to have transplant ready, then see days to maturity for each variety.
Harvesting: Sow about 10 weeks before heavy freeze is expected. Dig under beet root and lift plants tops, wash, and store 6 months at 32°F and high humidity. Wash and put in cool location. Store cool and high humidity for best results.
Tips: Though beets can grow in partial shade, their roots may run into tree roots, so plant in deep soil.
AVG. Seeding Rate: 1M/66′, 5M/333′, 436M/acre @15 seeds/ft. and 18″ between rows.
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