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Growing Beetroot, also Beets

(Beta vulgaris)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
P P P P P P P P P P P P

(Best months for planting Beetroot in Australia - sub-tropical regions)

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


  • 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 7°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 20 - 30 cm apart
  • Harvest in 7-10 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Onions, Silverbeet (Swiss Chard), Lettuce, Cabbage, Dwarf Beans, Dill, Peas. Strawberries
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Asparagus, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Spinach
  • Seedlings before thinning
  • 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

07 Dec 14, Fay (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Some of my beetroot are red on skin but when I cut them they are white. What have I done wrong? Can we still eat them?
02 Dec 14, Marion (Australia - arid climate)
hi, from the calendar you need to wait at least 3 months, my beetroot has been in since June and are quite hugh . You could have planted them too close together, I had no problems transplanting them to giVe them more space to grow as well.
30 Nov 14, denise (Australia) (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Planted beetroot 6 weeks ago and feeding every 2 weeks with seasol, leaves look healthy and lush. Pulled up one plant to find the beetroot is the size of a walnut, why is that?
03 Dec 14, Gerard (Australia - temperate climate)
I find it takes more than 6 weeks for them to mature to a good size. I find I can use a few of the leaves from the plant at this stage, especially if the tops are lush and well developed.
01 Dec 14, Maxe (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Denise....remember that Seasol is NOT a fertiliser. It stimulates root growth, and is very good to apply when transplanting. It acts like a 'tonic' for plants and guards against transplant shock. Always soak seedlings in it for an hour or so. before planting out. Makes a huge difference in those first few days of acclimatisation. Go find a good organic Fertiliser and start again. Living + gardening = learning! ;-)
16 Nov 14, wayne (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My beetroot bulbs are coming above soil level .planted them4 weeks ago. What should I do.the bulb size is about 25 mm.thanks
08 Nov 14, Linda (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I am trialing the worm farm shown in Better Homes and Gardens in my raised garden bed. 100mm polypipe with holes and a lid. plant in the soil up to the holes, add worms and compost then every week add some food scraps and water and the nutirents seep into the soil. Would love any tips if anyone else has trialed this successfully.
05 Nov 14, marcus turner (Australia - tropical climate)
can beetroot growin the tropics
04 Oct 14, Esther (Australia - temperate climate)
When can I harvest beet leaves for salad? My beets are 30 days old. The leaves look they are at the right size.
19 Nov 14, Carol (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi Esther. You can use them anytime bearing in mind that the larger they grow the tougher they'll get. Remember to keep the water up to them to keep the leaves tender and to swell the beetroot itself
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