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Beetroot are easy to grow and take about 90 days to mature:

plant picture 'Albino' White Beetroot
Not just a novelty, this pointy white beetroot is great - no more red stains all over the kitchen. The flavour is just as normal. It is also the most productive and quick-growing beetroot we have found.

Although white beetroot have been known since at least Roman times, this is an improved modern variety for home gardens, and dual-purpose - the succulent green leaves have been bred for use as leaf beet or chard. We often pick the beet in the morning, cook the leaves at lunch, & eat the root for dinner.

White beetroot. Leaves also particularly good to eat

Order BtWH - 200 seed £


plant pictureplant picture Sanguina Beetroot
The name means "Blood". If you do want a good traditional, deep blood-red beetroot, this is the one.

Large conical roots, with intense red flesh, very juicy and sweet. This special strain from Italy is the most productive red beetroot we have found. Tender even when huge - lots of people have written in to say how much they like it.

Very large conical roots. Tender, no woodiness. Deep red.

Order BtSA - 200 seed £


"Sanguina beetroot is tops!! germinated really well and is installed all over the garden." - Lexie Munro

plant pictureplant picture‘Touchstone Gold’ Yellow Beetroot
We really love this variety. Yellow beets used to be widely grown, but many of the the good old garden strains are no longer well maintained. However, after much searching we finally found this excellent and very beautiful beetroot! 

Touchstone Gold has been rebred from old seed stocks  by our friends at Wild Garden Seeds, and they have done a great job - coming up with a really vigorous, quick-growing yellow beet that makes round, bright yellow roots. It is tender and very sweet.

Although it is of course very nice cooked and sliced, that's not all you can do with beetroot. Here we have also made a raw grated beet and carrot salad, served with pasta & fresh basil pesto , chadwick cherry tomatoes, and garnished with edible borage flowers. (You'll find all the ingredients in the catalogue apart from the pasta) The Touchstone Gold is the yellow in the middle - what a great colour:

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Beautiful & very productive yellow beetroot. Edible leaves.
Order BtGo - 150 seed £


Saving your own Beetroot Seed:

Beetroot seed is fairly easy, provided you don't have any chard or leaf beet flowering nearby.

Beetroot flower in their second year, so you need to either leave them in the ground overwinter,
or dig up your beetroots in Autumn. Lay them all out so you can compare them, and select the best 12 - 16 roots:

Make sure you choose ones that are true-to-type: right colour, shape & size.

If your area has cold winters, store them in sand or sawdust in a cool but frost-free place, and plant out in spring.
(the ideal storage is about 5-10 C and 95% humidity). Otherwise in milder areas, replant them straight away where you want them to grow.

You can plant them outside, but you will get much more seed if you plant them in a polytunel.

The next summer they will flower (to about 5 foot high!). They will probably need staking so that they don't fall over.
Remember, that they will cross with any other flowering beetroots, chard or leaf beet nearby. The flowers are wind pollinated.

Your seed will be ready in late summer. Just rub the seed off when it is mostly brown.
You will get huge amounts of seed: dry it well, and it will be good for 3 or more years.

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Above you can see a good trick with beetroot or chard seed. Our rubber door mat has holes in it.
We just stomp on the dry seed-stalks , then roll back the mat and sweep up the seed.

To clean the seed free from dust and debris, see our Winnowing Instructions in the Seedsaving table on the left.

Basic seed-saving instructions are included with your seeds, so you can do this yourself.
There are more detailed home-seed saving guides (printable) over to the left of this page,
in the box titled 'SeedSaving', with sheets on drying and storing your seed too.
And of course, seed-saving is only possible because these are all real, non-hybrid varieties.

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We will immediately refund or replace if you are in any way less than delighted with them, even including the flavour of the resulting crop!

Due to daft seed laws, some rare veg seeds can only be supplied to members of our Seed Club. But membership costs just one penny per annum. When we process your order, you will be charged
a penny for a year's Seed Club Membership. For more details see our terms and conditions.

Gardeners Should Save their Own Seed:
Because none of these seeds are hybrids,
you can save your own seed for future use: there's no need to buy new each year.

Saving your own is easy. You will get great seed, and great vegetables adapted to your local conditions.
Do have a go - read the seedsaving instructions we provide with every order, and also on this site.

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