Organic Beet, Bull's Blood - 200 seeds
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Pack Size: ~200 seeds. Grow one 11 x 11" tray from each pack.
Description: Organic seeds for growing baby greens indoors through winter. The leaves of 'Bull's Blood' are a magnificent deep red. Leaves are edible and look awesome in any salad mix.
'Bull's Blood' are rich in colour and flavour, and are a superb addition to your winter-green garden. Both the leaves and roots of the plant are high in anti-oxidants. The baby roots can be harvested for a delicious and tender addition to salads.
Easy steps for growing Bull's Blood Beets indoors through winter:
- Leafy beets grow most productively under full-spectrum (6400K) grow lights. We recommend Sunblaster T5 lighting. Grow lights should be maintained 6 - 12” above plant tops and should be on 16 - 18 hours per day.
- During the months where daylight hours are low beets require full-spectrum lights to grow productively.
- Leafy beets grow very well in shallow containers with drainage. We often use 11 x 11” or 10 x 20” trays. Other ideas include recycled clam shells from store-bought greens or recycled flower pots.
- For completely easy baby greens use a composty soil. We use an organic potting mix blended with Sea Soil compost at a 60 / 40 ratio. By building in high-quality compost you can avoid any need for additional fertilizing.
- Beets take 3 - 5 days to germinate. The ideal temperature for germination is 10 - 21º C; bottom heat will speed up germination and encourage faster seedling development. In general, beets thrive where air temperatures are cool to mildly warm; combining mild bottom heat and cool air temperatures is a perfect combo for robust beets.
- Wet your soil medium before sowing then sprinkle seeds onto the soil surface at approximately 75 seeds per 11 x 11” tray. Press seeds gently into the soil surface and spritz (or carefully water) to fully moisten.
- Check on seeds every few days to notice when they are starting to germinate. Maintain soil moisture without allowing the mix to be soggy.
- Beets will grow as a baby green for approximately six weeks before a new crop needs to take over. Sow new trays every 2 - 4 weeks to keep a constant supply.
- Great air circulation around your indoor garden makes everything better! If you are growing lots of plants indoors consider adding a small fan to your set-up.
- If using humidity domes over your trays: be sure to leave these off for at least one hour per day to allow for air circulation.
- Pests rarely occur on baby greens but it is a good idea to clean pots/trays with warm soapy water (or 10% bleach solution) between crops and generally keep your growing area tidy.
- Crops that are grown to larger than baby green size will likely require fertilizing for best productivity; we recommend Evolve Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer for our indoor gardens.
- Harvest leafy greens by up to 50% with each cut.
- Use sharp scissors to cut your greens - this helps plants regrow more quickly after harvest.
- The beauty of growing your own baby greens is that you can harvest just what you need when you need it!