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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

27 Jun 15, Stewart (Australia - temperate climate)
Pots, yes. How many is a question of how big you want then to grow. 100mm a part will get you golf ball size beetroot. 150 mm will get to cricket ball size. If growing in pots it would also be good to keep up a weekly application of liquid fertiliser.
18 Jun 15, kaled (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How to achieve best results growing beetroot and onion.
03 May 15, Debbie (Australia - arid climate)
I have very tiny (almost microscopic) black insects emerging from holes in the shoulder of a few of my beetroot next to the stem. I saw a hole and investigated it, and a dozen or more poured out. The leaves are fine, and there is no damage further down the beetroot (I pulled it out to investigate). Does anyone have any idea what they might be and what I should do?
03 May 15, ann (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
my beetroot leaves are getting eaten. What could be causing this?
01 Jul 15, Gilberte Marie Nijs (Australia - temperate climate)
Last year we had a lot of trouble with locusts or grasshoppers, they love the foliage of spinach and beetroots. A good idea is to put nets over the vegetable beds, it gives a bit of shade and you can still water them without lifting the net.
25 Apr 15, ann Nimmett (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
something is eating the leaves on my beetroot.
17 Apr 15, Kay (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, my beetroot plants do not form beetroot. Just a long odd shape nothings. Plants look Healthy. Cheers Kay
09 Feb 15, Peter Smith (Australia - temperate climate)
Love beetroot but have no room to plant in the garden can they be grown in containers and how many would be the required amount for a 500mm dia pot.
17 Jan 15, Wayne (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I always find that around 55 days is more than long enough, much after that and they tend to get tough and less tasty.
06 Jan 15, Ralda Ansons (Australia - temperate climate)
I've already harvested one crop of beetroot. Can I now plant another crop? Can it be in the same bed where the spring onions were?
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