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Growing Beetroot, also Beets

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec

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

P = Plant in the garden.

  • 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
    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

30 Apr 16, Jane Jarman (Australia - temperate climate)
The beets are growing very well plenty of healthy leaves but no beets growing. They gave plenty of space between plants , what can I do, I have been feeding with a liquid feed. I live in South australia
06 Apr 16, Ben (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, i have not had to much success with my beets... i have only had around 3 germinate out of about 20 seeds. Can you please advise if i should put a few seed clusters into the 1 hole? i have been only sowing 1 seed cluster per hole so far, but this is not giving me a good success rate. Also, with the soaking of the seed cluster, should i break it open after the 24hrs and remove the seeds to sow individually or should i leave the cluster intact and sow? any advise would be great as the beets are my flavor haven! Regards Ben
13 Apr 16, Bob Dobbs (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
".... planting into a hole ....", I presume, therefore, that you are planting your seed straight into your garden bed. I do not know why you are getting uneven germination but to save you time and worry - you could plant your seeds into punnets or into a seed tray. Once the seeds have germinated (even if there is still uneven germination) and formed into seedlings, you could then transplant the good seedlings into your garden bed. This way you will have a 100% planting coverage in your garden bed without any gaps. All the best, Bob.
15 Apr 16, Ben (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Bob, thanks for the reply! Yes, I am sowing direct into the garden, i am trying to steer clear of using punnets / trays and purely want to direct sow... would you recommend sowing more than 1 cluster per hole (direct)? is this just wasting seeds to do more than 1 per hole? Regards Ben
18 Apr 16, Bob Dobbs (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Ben, You can certainly sow more than one seed cluster per hole if you like. There is no harm done in doing this, provided you leave only one plant per hole once they germinate. I would recommend just snipping out the extra seedlings (and throwing them away) rather than trying to ease them out for replanting elsewhere. This way the seedling left standing will not be damaged in any way. Seeds are cheap enough to do this. All the best, Bob.
31 Mar 16, Lubowa kintu (Australia - arid climate)
Can beetroot be grown in East Africa, particularly in Uganda?
13 Apr 16, Bob Dobbs (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Yes, beetroot can very definitely be grown in Uganda. I grew up in Sri Lanka, which has a similar climate to Uganda in many ways - and beetroot was, and is, very popular there. All the best, Bob.
09 Mar 16, Mickey (Australia - temperate climate)
Beetroot seeds have been grown in poly boxes in shade cloth house. Germination 3 weeks on. 3-4 small leaves. Are they supposed to have such a long stalk approximately 20cm below leaf. Is this normal
16 Mar 16, Dennis (Australia - temperate climate)
I am having the trouble, my beetroot seedlings are growing on long long stalks, perhaps someone has an answer, they are under 50 per cent shade.. Great site Gardenate thanks.
28 Mar 16, sooze (Australia - temperate climate)
Too much shade causes legginess. I would start again and give much more light.
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