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By Hank

Cheshire, United Kingdom Gb

I found my nearest gardening shop now has it's new stocks of seeds in so went up to buy beetroot whcih I grow every year and pickle.
But they had no less 11 different varieties ! Is it worth asking for a recommendation ? I don't want small ones and my soil is rather heavy (if this makes any difference.)



I should have a look at someone like Suttons Seeds online and see what are the different attributes of the many varieties. I would steer clear of F1s as they are the most expensive and there is no need to have all the beetroots mature at the same time. I would also ask the many gardening people on this site for the favorite varieties. Mine would be 'Boltardy' or 'Detroit'.

18 Mar, 2016


I don't know if you can get these in the UK, but I always grow "Detroit Supremes" or "Detroit Dark Reds." I've never been disappointed and always get Large, sweet delicious beets & the tops are fantastic as a side dish or in soups, etc. You just can't beat these beets.

18 Mar, 2016


Early Wonder seems to do better in clay soil, here.

18 Mar, 2016


Have found Detroit dark reds, Early Wonder and Boltardy, thanks. Will buy some asap.

18 Mar, 2016

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