Beetroot

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Sow in 23 - 30cm (9 - 12") rows, spacing seeds 10cm (4") apart in drills 2.5cm (1") deep. Early bolt resistant varieties can be sown from March with the others following from mid-April. Successional sowings will allow fresh beetroot to be harvested from June to October with the remainder pickled or stored in peat or sand for winter use. Beetroot will grow well in most soils but do best in well manured ground in full sun. One of the most damaging diseases of beetroot is Blackleg, which usually attacks and kills the seedlings,

BOLTARDY
Good quality globe shaped roots. May be sown earlier than other varieties because of its resistance to bolting.

DETROIT GLOBE 2
A fine globe beet for general use. Excellent colour and taste.

PABLO F1 Hybrid
Unsurpassed quality roots with good internal colour. High yielding. Very uniform shape, ideal for baby beet production.

ROUGE CRAPAUDINE
One of the oldest varieties of beetroot available. The roots grow beneath the surface, are half long and have black skin, which can appear “cracked”. The leaves can be eaten like Swiss chard.

EGYPTIAN TURNIP ROOTED
This early maturing variety has a deep red flesh and is particularly good for shallow soil or for growing in a cold frame.

CYLINDRA
As its name suggests this variety is cylindrical which makes it ideal for slicing. Good colour throughout.

CHIOGGIA BARABIETOLA
Traditional Italian variety with decorative white rings in the pink/red flesh. Very tender with a mild flavour. Highly attractive as a hot vegetable or cold in salads.

BLANKOMA
A pure white rooted type. Roots are tender and sweet. Slightly conical in shape.