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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

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.
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......:>>>
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
04 Jul 14, Tracey cartman (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Why should i avoid growing beets with Asparagus, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Spinach
25 Aug 14, Carmel (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Asparagus, Carrots, Sweetcorn, and Spinach will fight with beetroot's for room underground, certain nutrients, and water. Above-ground vegetables have different water and nutrient requirements, so generally you plant above-ground and below-ground together, but not with each other.
13 May 14, paul (Australia - temperate climate)
you can also eat like spineag
09 May 14, Natalie Tornatore (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have planted baby beets 8 weeks ago and every time I try to see if they are ready there is still no bulb underneath. They are in a raised bed with good soil. What is going on as the label said harvest 6 -8 weeks. Mine are just on 8 weeks and good leaves but no beets.
24 Sep 14, Sandy (Australia - temperate climate)
Get a ph tester Beetroots like 6-6.8. Use the complete tester it is more accurate. If the soil is too acid ie more than 6.8 add sulphur if it is alkaline ie below 6 add garden lime. Maintain 6-6.8 during whole season, do this for all plants. Google all vegetables and get a ph reading and maintain it. Works for me.
09 Jul 14, Peter Wheldon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It is possible that your soil is too nitrogen rich. That would explain the good leaf growth. Beets are 'light feeders' and go well in rotation after a heavy feeder like a brassica ie. broccoli, kale or cabbage. Something that uses up nitrogen in the soil.
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