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Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Boltardy' (Beetroot 'Boltardy')

Beginner
skill rating
3 hours care
per year
1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Boltardy'

Other names

Beetroot 'Boltardy'

Genus

Beta Beta

Variety or Cultivar

'Boltardy' _ 'Boltardy' is an herbaceous perennial with heart-shaped leaves, dense flowering spikes bearing small green flowers, and a high yield of sweet, edible, bright-red, globe-shaped fleshy taproots. This variety is resistant to bolting (going to seed).


Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Boltardy' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Green in Summer

Foliage

Green, Flushed purple in Spring; Green, Flushed purple in Summer; Flushed purple, Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Flea beetles , Mangold fly (beet leaf miner) Aphids , Flea beetles , Mangold fly (beet leaf miner)

Beetroot heart rot , Black leg , Leaf spot Beetroot heart rot , Black leg , Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

When the roots have reached the size of a golf ball, pull up alternate plants and use these thinnings for cooking. Harvest when the roots are more than 5cm in diameter or larger. In late autumn lift the remaining roots, twist off the tops, and use or stor

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Boltardy' (Beetroot 'Boltardy') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Grows best in alkaline, sandy soil in full sun. Sandy soil is needed for long, prize winning roots. Dig bed over in autumn, add peat or well-rotted manure if humus content is low. Apply lime to acid soil. Apply fertilzer 2-3 weeks before sowing. Sow seed

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Boltardy'

Other names

Beetroot 'Boltardy'

Genus

Beta Beta

Variety or Cultivar

'Boltardy' _ 'Boltardy' is an herbaceous perennial with heart-shaped leaves, dense flowering spikes bearing small green flowers, and a high yield of sweet, edible, bright-red, globe-shaped fleshy taproots. This variety is resistant to bolting (going to seed).

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Green in Summer

Foliage

Green, Flushed purple in Spring; Green, Flushed purple in Summer; Flushed purple, Green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Flea beetles , Mangold fly (beet leaf miner)

Specific diseases

Beetroot heart rot , Black leg , Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

When the roots have reached the size of a golf ball, pull up alternate plants and use these thinnings for cooking. Harvest when the roots are more than 5cm in diameter or larger. In late autumn lift the remaining roots, twist off the tops, and use or stor

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Boltardy' (Beetroot 'Boltardy') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks

Cultivation

Grows best in alkaline, sandy soil in full sun. Sandy soil is needed for long, prize winning roots. Dig bed over in autumn, add peat or well-rotted manure if humus content is low. Apply lime to acid soil. Apply fertilzer 2-3 weeks before sowing. Sow seed

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Boltardy' (Beetroot 'Boltardy')

Common pest name

Acorn disease; Citrus little leaf; Citrus stubborn disease; Little leaf of citrus; Stubborn disease of citrus

Scientific pest name

Spiroplasma citri

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Bacterial pest affecting citrus and field vegetables now present in parts of the EU. Carrots are the main crop potentially at risk; but main vectors responsible for transmission are unlikely to establish in the UK. EU regulations should be updated to reflect extended host range. Industry may be interested in pursuing research to investigate impacts on field vegetables.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Boltardy' (Beetroot 'Boltardy')

Common pest name

African cottom leafworm; Cotton leafworm; Egyptian cotton leafworm; Egyptian cotton worm; Mediterranean climbing cutworm; Meditteranea Brocade; Tobacco cutworm

Scientific pest name

Spodoptera littoralis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest; frequently intercepted with occasional outbreaks which have been successfully eradicated in the UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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