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PlantFiles: Beet
Beta vulgaris 'Improved Blood Turnip'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Beta (BET-uh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Improved Blood Turnip


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3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


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Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Farmerdill On Oct 31, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Improved Blood Turnip is a pre-1900 cultivar. I have never grown a cultivar with better flavor. It is not as uniform in size as more modern cultivars and will sometimes grow quite large if left in the ground. Even at the large size they do not become woody. It is dependable in producing both roots and greens. Seed are hard to find, but can be saved if the beet root is maintained through the winter and allowed to revegetate in the spring (Beets are biennial)Flowers and seeds are reminiscent of a ragweed.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Augusta, Georgia
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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