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Growing Beetroot, also Beets

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(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

18 Nov 15, ken (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
are beetroot leaves okay to dig in as fertiliser
17 Nov 15, John Stericker (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, when you "pick" the beetroot, is that it? Do they keep producing beetroot even after you have harvested or do you need to plant new seeds? Sorry if this sounds like a dumb questions
18 Nov 15, Ruth (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Yes John that is "it", you will have to plant new seeds again.... Happy Gardening
06 Sep 15, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I been a bit lazy,the beetroot and the silverbeet crops are growing too well. I regular water carrots are ok.I know do NOT fertilise carrots,got to separate the other stuff. AND potato and broad beans ok.I even know the broad beans like alkaline soil,potato like acidic. not huge difference,Im not science. I reckon beans are 7.5,the potato's are about 6. I gonna hit them potassium soon,then they stop being leaf. Spinach is brill,good for ya. Gaz
31 Aug 15, gary (Australia - temperate climate)
forgot to mention that beetroot leaves are great to eat also,just cook like silverbeet.
30 Aug 15, gary (Australia - temperate climate)
planted beetroot seedlings in june and just finished picking ,first time i have planted beetroot,i was worried that they didnt grow so went pull them out and found all the bulbs where above ground.and we have roasted them,and are delicious.
30 Jul 15, Leo (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Planted Beetroot about 3 months ago Dig down no sign of any Bulbs What would be the cause Planted about 12 Seedlings all the same ?? Type Bulls blood Fertilized about 2 weeks before Planting with all round veg Fertilizer
17 Aug 15, Chris (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Leo, I have minimal bulb growth with Bullls blood in Brisbane. Try any of the Detroit beets next time (they have green tops), and keep up the liquid fertiliser fortnightly.
03 Aug 15, Barb (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Leo, You might trying feeding them a bit more with a fish emulsion or similar type of organic liquid fertiliser. It's possible the cold winter has slowed them up, and if they're not getting enough nutrition/water that would add to their woes. Take heart, I sometimes find exactly the same thing happens with mine. I would also plant some more seedings/seeds now - with spring coming on you should get a bit more action from the next planting. Good luck!
12 Aug 15, gary (Australia - temperate climate)
I have to disagree,fish emulsion will give them a boost and appear correct. It's Nitrogen,very good for leaf growth.but root growth luv potassium and phos. By adding Nitrogen it increases leaf growth. A root vegetable wants P(phos) then K (potassium).NPK is rated on all fertiliser. PS you can eat beetroot leaves.Gaz
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