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Growing Beetroot, also Beets

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(Best months for growing Beetroot in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • 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 45°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-10 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Onions, Silverbeet (Swiss Chard), Lettuce, Cabbage, Dwarf Beans, Dill, Peas. Strawberries
  • Avoid growing close to: 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

29 Jan 18, Mick (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it best to plant beetroot late summer or early spring ? we get frost here in Bathurst
30 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Do both.
31 Jan 18, Katie (Australia - temperate climate)
Beetroot don't seem to mind a frost although in my area we only get a few days of severe frost. Most are light. Due to our hot Summers they only really grow well in Winter here so consider how hot your Summers are if planting in Spring! If you are likely to get temps over 40 degrees before harvesting they probably will struggle
02 Jan 18, Monica tarnas (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I planted my beetroots 8 weeks ago and they are the size of a 5 cent coin. Can I space them apart and respect them
04 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The time to thin out/transplant beetroot seedlings is when they are small with a few leaves - not when they are 8 weeks old. They should be bigger than a 5c piece at 8 weeks. Try growing them from March onwards. When planting seedlings (bare roots) put a piece of shade cloth over them for a week or so until they establish themselves.
06 Jan 18, Susan (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You may have a boron deficiency in the soil. Beetroot won't plump up without it.
05 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Also when transplanting a well grow plant, you really set the plant back by transplanting it, It takes quite awhile to recover. Best to transplant when a plant has a few true leaves. Try and plant with some soil in tact with the roots and protect from the hot sun for a few days to let the plant establish itself.
29 Dec 17, Mary (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Why is it advised not to grow beetroot next to spinach?
30 Dec 17, Liz (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
We advise that some plants should not be grown together (i e in the same bed) because their growth might be affected. Or because they attract similar pests.
09 Dec 17, Kenneth Chagunda (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
thanks John for reply for your on beet root diseases
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have planted beet in wicking bed from seed and all seeds germinated. Very happy with results with plants looking healthy. Tried silver beet and have been cultivating leaves for a while now. Once again, very happy with outcome. Planted leeks and brown onion and all have taken off. Snow peas are growing well. Will comment on the beds when all plants are near cultivation.Have not tried deep rooted vegies, such as carrots but will give them a go. Have 300 mls of soil to play with. This experiment has surprised me so far.

- gary

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