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Growing Beetroot, also Beets

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

(Best months for growing Beetroot in New Zealand - cool/mountain 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

Your comments and tips

17 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Do you want to plant 2-3 seeds or 15-20?
07 Mar 18, Tek Bir Rai (New Zealand - temperate climate)
How to sow beetroot seeds ?
13 Sep 18, Mike (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Get a Styrofoam box from a supermarket - cut the top half off - a lot less soil to put in and lighter to carry. Fill it up with some loose soil or potting mix or a mixture of both.
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.
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I can grow good beetroot ( sown on the appropriate moon into soil well replenished with good compost, mulching the young plants with seaweed, and foliar feeding seaweed and fish several times) but it always takes double the time stated on the packet for them to bulb up well. I'm experimenting with sowing times, does anyone have experience with sowing as late as mid March? I was thinking i could microfleece them over winter and maybe the'd get away again in spring and give me some early beetroot....

- Iona Jelf

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