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Beta

Beta spp.

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Beta Overview

A small genus of less than 10 annual, biennial or perennial species with thick fleshy roots. It includes the widely cultivated food, the common beet, Beta vulgaris. Flowers grow in long inflorescences and aren't very showy, producing discrete green flowers. Growing best in hot, dry conditions this genus evolved from grassland and coastline regions of the Mediterranean and Europe.

Common problems with Beta

How to propagate Beta

Seed

Sow seeds in spring.

Other uses of Beta

Grown for root vegetables.

Edible to Sow Under Cover in May

Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.

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