Grow Ornamental Edible Beets (beta vulgaris)
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Beets are one of my favorite ornamental edible plants. They make excellent ground covers, beautiful container plants, and of course, brilliant living wall gardens. Incredibly easy to grow from seed or vegetative plant, it was one of my first suggestions as an annual plant that crosses over to the ornamental edible category of plant growing in one of my latest books, the Indiana Getting Started Garden Guide. Below is a page from my book that addresses ornamental edible beets and how to grow them.
- Beet Botanical Name – Beta vulgaris
- Bloom Period and Seasonal Colors – Grown for its green or burgundy leaf color all season.
- Mature Height x Spread – 4 to 12 inches X 2 to 8 inches
- Botanical Pronunciation – BAY-tah VOOL-gah-rus
- Added Benefits – Edible
- Sun Requirements – Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade
Years ago I was searching for a burgundy leaved annual when I came across a six-pack of ‘Bull’s blood’ at a local nursery. I snatched it up and planted it in my containers that year as a tall center balance to white flowered bacopa in my window boxes. From that point on I was addicted to this ornamental edible, which can be harvested for its flavorful leaf, and then again at the end of the season can be pulled up and eaten for its root. Versatile, heat and cold tolerant, colorful, nutritious, and an excellent design filler; beets are a perfect ornamental edible and can easily be incorporated into a garden design. Vitamins found in beets include iron, calcium, vitamins B6, B12, C, and magnesium.
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