Known for its sweet, stunningly beautiful dark red-purple tops and remarkable flavor, it is destined to replace Radicchio in many designer salads as the American palate compares the slightly bitter Radicchio to this equally beautiful, sweeter beet leaf. In temperate climates, it displays its intense color year-round, while only slightly less red when greenhouse grown! Bulls Blood beet with its very traditional beet-shaped leaf is far less costly, easier and faster to grow than Radicchio! Approx. 35 days to baby leaf tops. 55 days for beet root.
Cultural data: field planting
Growing season: cool season
Days to maturity: 45-60 days
Germination relative to soil temperature: optimum 77-95ºF.
Cultural information: beets grown in light soil are the best quality. Begin sowing when soil is warm. Sow every 3 weeks for continuous crop until mid-summer.
Seed count: approx. 1,644 seeds/oz. or 26,304 seeds/lb.
Projected seed usage: 1-2 oz./100 ft row, 13 lb./acre.
Diseases and pests: Scab on roots. Plant in good soil and irrigate properly.
Harvesting: harvest tops for salad ingredients. Best variety for tops are Bulls Blood. Harvest baby beets at approximately 45 days. Excellent baby beet varieties are Chioggia, Golden Beets, Pablo and Moneta.