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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

22 Sep 16, Eileen Looker (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted beetroot tops which took a long time to grow but left them in the pot as the leaves looked quite decorative. I pulled one out to see if there was fruit on it but found that it had not ground round but in a tuber shape, the whole pot was full of beetroot tubers. I cooked it up thinking it would be woody but it lovely and tender and full of flavour. Is that normal for beetroot.
11 Aug 16, Margaret (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
We planted our beetroot around May. They look healthy and have abundant leaf growth. However I pulled one 3 weeks ago to see how they were coming along and there was not a vestage of a beetroot visible!!! I replanted the beetroot and it has recovered from my invasion. I have grown beetroot once and it did not take as long as this to produce the beets. The garden enjoys full sun, was well prepared prior to planting (months of preparation), and are well watered. Should we just hang in there? Cheers, Margaret
27 Aug 16, Geoff (Australia - temperate climate)
Sounds like the bed is too rich and the beetroot have put all their energy into growing foliage. I suggest that you eat the beetroot leaves in soups, with fetta in a pie etc and plant a crop that likes good rich soil such as corn, pumpkin, zucchini, lettuce or cabbage. Best to plant root veg and onion-family following corn, etc
29 May 16, Virginia (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I made a great beetroot relish last year So thought I'd give a go growing them I have planted from seedlings I purchased Any tips out there thanking you Virginia
28 Jun 16, Anthony (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello Virginia, I enjoy making my own chutney, relish & sauce, I'm not so pleased with my beetroot relish recipe, it seems a bit dry, I was wondering if I asked you nicely would you mind sharing your beetroot relish recipe with me please. If so could you possibly send it as a text message in case it goes into my junk email folder and I miss it. 0400258679 Happy planting. Regards Tony.
24 May 16, annonymous (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
what is thinning?
26 May 16, Rach (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure it's when you plant a couple of seeds close together and then you have to get rid of some (the weaker smaller ones) to make room for the others to grow properly, so you literally pull out the ones that you're not gonna keep for the benefit of the ones that'll be left behind
28 May 16, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Beetroot contain several seeds in each 'seed capsule', so you need to thin them out (remove some of the seedlings) as several shoots will grow from each capsule. It's the same with silverbeet. You can eat the ones you remove!
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
02 Aug 16, Feras (Australia - temperate climate)
Check out the NPK on the fertiliser, something high in N will produce plenty of green leafy growth but no root/vegetable production. Pick the right fertiliser for the right plant ;)
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