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 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

Your comments and tips

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
08 Dec 17, Kenneth Chagunda (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
.1.what type of pesticides should be applied to beet roots if attached by pests. 2.what type of fertilizer if any is recommended to be applied to the plants.
02 Dec 17, Gary Ellard (Australia - temperate climate)
Finally cultivated beetroot,onions andsnow peas. Bumper crop of beetroot with large "fruit". Very flavoursome. Onions were the surprise. Massive fruit and now hanging in shed.Leeks still going but have swelled stalks. Also looking good. Silver beet protruding 350mm above w/bed and still producing. no seed bolt yet. Wicking exceeded my expectations. In process of establishing 4 more "beds" Brilliant.
22 Nov 17, elane (Australia - temperate climate)
how do I know when my beetroots are ready to harvest?
23 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You can pick whatever size you want. They say grow for 7-10 weeks to harvest. At say 8-10 weeks you will have varying size beets. Pick the lot or pick the bigger ones and see if the smaller will grow bigger. 3-4" or 75-100mm across is a good size.
20 Nov 17, kenneth (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
can i grow beet root during rain season in malawi ,thus dec to march
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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

- Katie

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