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Beetroot Seeds - Boltardy

Botanical - Beta vulgaris

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400 Seeds.

Other Names - Garden Beet, Storing Beetroot, Globe Beetroot, Early Beetroot…

Boltardy is one of the most popular varieties grown by gardeners. It is suitable for early spring sowings as it is resistant to bolting. The round globe shaped roots with their deep red tender flesh have an outstanding sweet flavour. Boltardy produces good sized roots that are suitable for storing.

  • Suitable for early sowings as it is a bolt resistant variety.
  • Suitable for storing.
  • Award winner - RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden, limited space

Sowing Months - February - July

Harvest - June - early December


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Lettuce is a good companion plant to grow alongside beetroot as they do not compete with one another.
  • Beetroot and onions grow well together.
  • Dwarf French beans are great companion plants.
  • Kohl rabi and beetroot are well matched.
  • Comfrey leaves can be used to make a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer which is ideal for giving the roots a boost. It can also be used as a compost accelerator, a slug repellent and a nutritional mulch.

Soil Preperation

Remove any weeds especially perennials from the area. Add some organic matter such as compost or well rotted manure a few weeks before sowing or planting. Not only will this add valuable nutrients but it will also help with moisture retention.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type Heritage variety Distance between plants 35 cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 30 cm
Average height 30 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 30 cm Sowing distance between plants 5 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 30 cm
Overwintering Stored or left in the ground undercover Sowing depth 1cm - 1.5 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 10 to 20℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Beetroot seeds come in clusters and one cluster will produce several plants. Sow 2 - 3 seeds (clusters) per 4cm module. When the seedlings are large enough to handle thin to 5 - 6 strong seedlings per module. After 3 - 6 weeks from sowing, the young plants should be ready to plant out at the distance suggested above.
However from an early February sowing, plant out in early April as the seedlings will grow slower at this time of year. The plants will need to be hardened off over 7 - 10 days before planting out. If there is a danger of frost cover with horticultural fleece.

Direct Sowing

Beetroot seeds come in 'clusters' and one clusters will produce several plants. Sow 2 seeds (clusters) in each 5 cm station at the depth and row distance suggested above. Cover the seeds with soil and water well. If the weather is cold cover the bed with horticultural fleece until the plants start to grow strong. Beetroot are best sown little and often, sow ever 3 - 4 weeks until early July.


Growing On

Growth at first will be slow. If the weather is cold cover the bed with horticultural fleece until the plants start to grow strong. When direct sown seedlings are about 2.5 cm tall thin out to leave one plant per 5 cm station. Module sown beetroot do not require thinning after planting as the beetroot in each clump will grow at different rates.
Keep the ground weed free. Water the beetroot well every 10 - 14 days, more often if growing in containers, drought will produce a beetroot with a woody texture and very low yields. The plants will benefit from a mulch of compost to help keep the soil moist in the height of summer.


Harvesting

Summer beetroot are best eaten when they are around the size of a golf ball. When direct sown beetroots grown for winter storage reach this size, harvest by pulling out alternate plants. This will allow the remaining roots to grow larger for storage purposes. When module sown beetroot reach golf ball size gently twist out the larger roots, leaving the remaining 4 - 5 roots to grow on.
To grow beetroot for storing over the winter months allow the roots to grow to around cricket ball size. In mild areas and mild winters beetroot can be left in the ground over the winter months with a generous covering of straw or thick fleece. However, severe frost can make the roots rot so if in doubt lift the crop before any severe frosts arrive.
To store, remove the leaves, leaving about 4 - 5 cm of stem. Store in a frost free garage or shed in paper bags or in boxes surrounded by damp compost. It is advisable to eat or pickle any damaged or small roots less than a cricket ball in size as they will not store well.

TIP

Try baking the beetroot in their skins rather than boiling. Baked beetroot have a far sweeter flavour.

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