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Growing Beetroot, also Beets

(Beta vulgaris)

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(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

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
16 Nov 14, wayne (Australia - temperate climate)
You can pick the leaves when they a reasonable size eg more than 10cm is good or bigger if you like it's personal choice. You wont damage the plant by picking them. great in salad or stirfry
26 Sep 14, jo (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, Can I just clarify Sandys post. Acid soil is below 6pH - add lime, alkaline soil is above 8 - add sulphur. I never have ANY LUCK with beetroot - they are the bane of my life......:>>>
29 Oct 14, Genevieve (Australia - temperate climate)
Tried growing beetroot for the 1st this year and a Sydneysider. Blood & Bone, pelletised all round manure and turned the soil over. Watered well, put seedlings in and then settled them in with seasol. Two weeks later, watered them in with 2 teaspoons of Boron. Apparently boron sets the beet. Pulled them up two weeks ago and they were the almost the size of a tennis ball. Water regularly. I just ensure that my soil is friable, as too stingy to buy the pH set and also do crop rotation.
25 Aug 14, Greg (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
What feed is preferred for beetroot, onions and potatoes?
20 Jul 14, Happiness (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
can beetroot be planted in a banana plantation or near it or with maize,cassava,beans,pineapples
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