Plant Care Beta Vulgaris

Beta Vulgaris

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Beta Vulgaris has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Beta Vulgaris has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Beta Vulgaris

The leaf beet group consists of cultivars such as Swiss chard and beet spinach that are grown for their edible leafy greens. The biennials in this group do not produce flowers until their second year. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, but the thick stalks are best eaten after cooking.


Beta vulgaris

Also known as

Common Beet, Common Beet, Swiss Chard, Orange Swiss Chard and Beta Valgaris

How to care for Beta Vulgaris


How often to water your Beta Vulgaris

Water needs for Beta Vulgaris
0.5 cups
every 9

Beta Vulgaris needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Beta Vulgaris

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Common Beet in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Beta Vulgaris: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Beta Vulgaris love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Beta Vulgaris does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Beta Vulgaris in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Beta Vulgaris

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Beta Vulgaris: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Beta Vulgaris after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Beta Vulgaris is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Beta Vulgaris

Beta Vulgaris

Beta Vulgaris

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Beta Vulgaris has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Beta Vulgaris has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Beta Vulgaris has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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Bitter. Don’t eat too much at once!

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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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