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Beetroot 'Cylindra'     

Beta vulgaris

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Cylindra is part of the Beet genus and is a Beetroot variety. Its scientific name is Beta vulgaris 'Cylindra'. 'Cylindra' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Dark red and   Palatinate purple. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Apple green and   Barn red colour.

Cylindra grows a dark red, elongated — cylindrical — root, up to 6-8 inches (7.5-10 cm) long. Root is tender at all sizes and does not get woody. It has a very fine, smooth texture with little fiber. Because of it’s uniform width, it is ideal for slicing, pickling and canning. Leaves are green, sweeter and more “beety” tasting than other beet leaves. Can be spaced more closely together, making it productive in small spaces.

Developed in Denmark in the 1880s. It is considered an heirloom.

Heirloom from Italy. Same as Forona and Formanova.

Cylindra grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Cylindra is known for growing to a height of approximately 0.9 cm (0.35 inches).

Denmark is believed to be where Cylindra originates from.

Cylindra Beetroot is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Cylindra have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Cylindra

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Cylindra is thought of as half hardy, so protect with a row cover whenever the temperatures drop. Cylindra requires a loamy soil with a ph of 6.5 - 7.0 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil to neutral soil.

Growing Cylindra from seed

Beet ‘seeds’ are actually a number of seeds, together in the same pod. Each ‘seed’ planted will produce several plants, that will need to be thinned.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.74 inches (1.9 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 4°C / 39°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Cylindra about 14 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Cylindra

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Cylindra is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Cylindra

Harvest the leaves lightly throughout the growing season, by cutting one or two per plant. Pull roots in the late autumn.

Expect harvests to start to occur in late autumn.

Beetroot Cylindra Etymology

The species name vulgaris is from the Latin vulgus (“the multitude, the masses”) +‎ -āris, and means “common”, “usual”, or “commonly known” 1.

Misspellings of Beetroot 'Cylindra'


Other Names for Beetroot 'Cylindra'

Forona, Formanova, Butter Slicer Beet,

Latest Beetroot 'Cylindra' Reviews

  • Always good yields and I love the slender variety that makes slicing easy. Flavor is a bit “beety” for my family’s taste.

    3 stars

    Gertiebaby about growing Beet, Cylindra
  • Weeded and mulched with straw

    0 stars

    HollyBee about growing Beet 'Cylindra'
  • I thinned these and was able to gather a lot of good sized roots.

    0 stars

    SSSprout about growing Beet 'Cylindra'
  • got half the bed weeded. Still need to thin.

    0 stars

    HollyBee about growing Beet 'Cylindra'
  • Yummy beets. Easy to grow, pest free, with tasty greens, even when they’re large. It makes me wonder how they compare to the round beets. I could have planted an extra two rows of them as long as I harvested the greens more regularly.

    4 stars

    KathN about growing Beet "Cylindrical"

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