Packet Content: 100 (1.25g's) Seeds
A Victorian heirloom, which is often grown as an ornamental as well as on veg plots, on account of its dark crimson, almost black leaves which taste sweet if picked young. Pick the baby leaves to add a rich splash of colour to salads, or leave the plants to mature for classic fat round purple beetroots. The leaves turn an even darker purple in cold weather, so for the richest colours leaves sow a last crop in September to grow through autumn. The globe-shaped roots have a good flavour and on being cut open reveal attractive pink rings. A heritage variety introduced in 1840.
Direct sow beetroot seeds outdoors from March to July in a weed free, sunny position in fertile, light, well-drained soil. Sow beetroot seeds thinly in shallow drills at a depth of 2cm (3/4") and 4cm (1.5") apart. Germination will usually take 12 to 24 days. When large enough to handle, thin out the seedlings within each row to 10cm (4") apart. Beets can also be grown in containers: sow direct into the compost allowing about five seeds to a 45cm pot.
When growing beetroot, water as necessary to prevent the soil from drying out and keep the plants cool and moist. This will help to avoid plants running to seed. Roots can be lifted at any time from June to October once they have reached 1" diameter or more. Harvest any remaining crops before the first frosts. Beetroot can be stored until mid-spring in boxes of moist sand in a frost free shed or garage.
Suitable for the vegetable garden, allotments and containers.
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.