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Growing Beetroot, also Beets

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    P P P P            

(Best months for growing Beetroot in Australia - tropical 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 7°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 20 - 30 cm 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
  • 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

26 Jul 18, Wimal (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, I am living in Victoria. what is the best month (near July) for sowing Beetroots?
26 Jul 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Have you checked on this page : www.gardenate.com/plant/Beetroot?zone=2
07 Apr 18, Jeffrey Williams (Australia - temperate climate)
My beetroot seedling leaves (grown from commercial seed) are getting eaten by something. I have eliminated slugs/snails, rats/mice and birds by adopting appropriate preventative measures. I am at wits end, as I have successfully grown beetroot for many years and this is the first instance I've had issues. Any advice would be appreciated.
23 Apr 18, David (Australia - temperate climate)
Do you have sugar cane straw as mulch. I have found the slaters and big brown grubs come out of the mulch at night and demolish anything new. I had the same problem as you with new beetroot seedlings and in desperation sparingly sprinkled some snail/slater bait amongst them. Whilst I never found any dead snails or slaters, the problem disappeared. Hope this helps.
09 Apr 18, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
50 or 70% shade cloth for awhile.
14 Mar 18, Kylie (Australia - temperate climate)
Can you plant beetroot in a pot or is it best in the ground?
17 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Do you want to plant 2-3 seeds or 15-20?
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
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