Baby Leaf, Beetroot ‘Ruby Lips’ (Beta vulgaris)
‘Ruby Lips’ is a red leaved beet for baby leaf production. It can be sown the year round and is especially useful for giving brilliant glossy red leaves in winter.
Sow from August until end of April for year round production.
When to sow: August until early March
Where to sow: Direct sow in a garden seed bed
Depth to sow: 1cm Aspect: Full sun or as sunny a spot as possible.
Soil: Prepared, well drained, fertilised soil. Add lime if soil is too acid. Spacing: Between plants 10cm Between rows 30cm
Directions: It’s always best to sow beetroot seed straight into its permanent position in a prepared garden bed. Plant the seed about 1 cm apart and 1 cm deep and cover with fine soil. Thin to 10cm apart. If seed is planted sparingly there is really no reason to thin the seedlings out. I start pulling roots when they are quite small, 2cm in diameter, and this is all the thinning needed.