Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) are generally grown for their swollen tap root, but the green tops it produces can also be used as a salad crop or as 'greens'. Beetroot are famous for the deep red colour, but many varieties are available that do not have that deep staining red colour.
J F M A M J J A S O N D Sow Direct Harvest
Sow Indoors / Plant Out
J F M A M J J A S O N D Sow Indoors Plant Out Harvest
How To Grow
Beetroot are generally grown from seed, sown direct in the ground in drills 1-2 cm deep and 15-20 cm apart. They can be sown indoors to get them off to a good start, but sow into modules to limit root disturbance, which they hate.If sown direct in the ground; thin seedlings to 5-10 cm apart (depending on how big you like your beets).All they need from then on is the occasional water and to be kept weed free.
How/When To Harvesting
Lift the beetroots when they are the required size. Be careful when lifting and handling as damage to the swollen tap-root will severely limit the time they can be stored. Beetroot are best stored in clamps, or in jars as picked beetroot but will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge if undamaged.
- Sow Depth: 1 cm
- Spacing Between Rows: 30 cm
- Spacing Along Row: 10 cm
- Number plants per Square Foot: 9