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Growing Beetroot, also Beets

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(Best months for growing Beetroot in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 45°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-10 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Onions, Silverbeet (Swiss Chard), Lettuce, Cabbage, Dwarf Beans, Dill, Peas. Strawberries
  • Avoid growing close to: Asparagus, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Spinach
  • Seedlings before thinning
    Seedlings before thinning
  • Young beetroot
    Young beetroot

Soak seeds in water 24 hours before planting so that you can separate the seeds. Thinning is nearly always required as seedlings emerge from a seedball of several seeds. If you don't thin them, you will get a number of rather pathetic plants which don't grow to an edible size. Harvest in 55 - 70 days but will keep in ground for longer.

Keep well-watered as dry beetroot develop a woody and inedible core. Tip from the Italian Gardener ' Make sure the top of the beet's bulb is covered with soil; this keeps the entire bulb the same color and prevents 'corkiness' at the top of the bulb." For tasty and tender beetroot, start harvesting at golfball-size.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Beetroot

Apart from boiling whole for salads, beetroot roast well, cut in wedges.
They also make a tasty salad grated raw with carrot and a little fresh orange juice.

Your comments and tips

09 Dec 17, Kenneth Chagunda (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
thanks John for reply for your on beet root diseases
08 Dec 17, Kenneth Chagunda (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
.1.what type of pesticides should be applied to beet roots if attached by pests. 2.what type of fertilizer if any is recommended to be applied to the plants.
02 Dec 17, Gary Ellard (Australia - temperate climate)
Finally cultivated beetroot,onions andsnow peas. Bumper crop of beetroot with large "fruit". Very flavoursome. Onions were the surprise. Massive fruit and now hanging in shed.Leeks still going but have swelled stalks. Also looking good. Silver beet protruding 350mm above w/bed and still producing. no seed bolt yet. Wicking exceeded my expectations. In process of establishing 4 more "beds" Brilliant.
22 Nov 17, elane (Australia - temperate climate)
how do I know when my beetroots are ready to harvest?
23 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You can pick whatever size you want. They say grow for 7-10 weeks to harvest. At say 8-10 weeks you will have varying size beets. Pick the lot or pick the bigger ones and see if the smaller will grow bigger. 3-4" or 75-100mm across is a good size.
20 Nov 17, kenneth (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
can i grow beet root during rain season in malawi ,thus dec to march
12 Sep 17, Prakash Chandra (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
How far apart should the rows be for planting beetroot
13 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Website - The Seed Collection - go to top right hand side - click on Gardening info - click on Sowing chart. Print a copy off for future reference. Says 30-40cm - make it 40 or so. Don't give them too much N or water.
12 Sep 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
I space my beetroot rows about 20-25cm apart.
08 Jun 17, Lucky (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
if I plant beatroot seed around may 20 when is the harvest time
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