Beta vulgaris - Crassa group



Biennial herb grown as an annual for its edible swollen tap root. Leaves ovate to oblong-ovate. Basal leaves with long petioles.


Do not leave plants in the ground during periods of cold weather. Harvest 9-10 weeks after planting, when tap root has swollen to the size of a tennis ball. Can be eaten fresh, boiled or preserved in vinegar. Vegetable.


Soak seeds for 24 hours before sowing. Seed germinates in soil temperatures of 15-20 degrees C. Plant from late winter to late summer. Requires an open position, but will grow in semi-shade. Prefers deep, light, sandy soils. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Requires high levels of potassium. Is prone to manganese and boron deficiency. Prefers soil pH of 6.0-6.5 Has few pest problems, but can suffer from rust and leaf spot. Keep the site weed free.


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'Home Vegetable Growing' and 'Commercial Vegetable Production' courses through Australian Correspondence Schools, see 'Commercial Hydroponics' on CDROM from Australian Correspondence Schools, see

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