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Giant Ornamental Beet 'Bull's Blood'

Beta vulgaris

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Beta (BET-uh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Bull's Blood

Category:

Biennials

Vegetables

Foliage Color:

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Veined

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Clayton, California

Lawndale, California

Richmond, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Lakeland, Florida

Evergreen Park, Illinois

Molalla, Oregon

Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 6, 2015, ozzyozzie from Evergreen Park, IL wrote:

I love the red leaves, really adds a nice color to the garden. Alas, I did not have a chance to blanch the leaves from my first picking to see how they tasted (they were so big I had no room in the fridge to store them).

Beets are smaller than the Detroit dark red I grew in years past, but still I should have some close to four pounds or so. I have grown six - eight pound Detroit Dark Reds which I give away as I do not want to deal with a beet that size LOL

Positive

On Mar 26, 2010, ahaddock from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

This is definitely a sweet beet. Ours seem a little smallish - larger than a golf ball. Ours also seem to be coming up slow, so I am also hoping they will catch up in the next week or so.

Neutral

On Jan 27, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Information only, I have not grown this variety.

This is the darkest leaved beet. It was selected from the French variety Crapaudine by seedsman Kees Sahin of the Netherlands.

A very sweet beet that is supposed to be quite tasty. The juice from the Bull's Blood beet is the only red food coloring allowed by Swedish law.

Baby leaf tops in 35 days, 55 days for roots.

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