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PlantFiles: Giant Ornamental Beet
Beta vulgaris 'Bull's Blood'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ahaddock 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 melody 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.


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

Clayton, California
Lawndale, California
Richmond, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Lakeland, Florida
Molalla, Oregon
Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas

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