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Growing Beetroot, also Beets

(Beta vulgaris)

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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 Apr 14, ken (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
When seedlings appear do I replant up to the leaves or leave the stalks out of the ground
22 Mar 14, jacque (Australia - temperate climate)
can you grow beetroot in pots?
07 Feb 14, susan (Australia - temperate climate)
I found out that you can use the leaves as well as the root in a salad. I just pick the odd leaf as the plants are growing. They add a nice colour to a green salad
04 Feb 14, Elba Bulte (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi, I would appreciate advice on how to start growing beetroots and other vegies. What herbs are good companions or grow well together. Any recipe for good compost? Thank you for your help Elba
07 Feb 14, brooke scales (Australia - temperate climate)
any food scraps are good, I you have a worm farm put the scraps in there and you will get great compost and fertilizer as well
03 Feb 14, Marney (Australia - tropical climate)
Can anyone recommend particularly tasty varieties please?
11 Jan 14, trevor (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I buy beetroot in punnets
20 Jan 14, gary (Australia - temperate climate)
yes
08 Dec 13, Neil (Australia - temperate climate)
How do I know when the beetroot is ready to eat?
21 Dec 13, Andrew (Australia - temperate climate)
Dig around the bulb with your finger to see the diameter. Smaller beets (25mm) are sweeter but bigger ones go further. Don't let them grow larger than 5-6cm across else they will start to get starchy rings throughout and taste woody.
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