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Beetroot (Beta vulgaris)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Beetroot is easy to grow, delicious and comes in a wonderful variety of colours and shapes: white, golden or striped; and cylindrical or long and tapered as well as the traditional red globes.

After an early sowing of a bolt-resistant variety, sow every four weeks for a continuous supply finishing in late May or June with a sowing for storage. Take care with that delicious juice - it dyes everything.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightprefer
Loamyok
Heavyok
pH6.0 - 7.0
Manure
Previous cropprefer
Previous autumndislike
Before plantingdislike
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openprefer
Shelteredok

Seed

sow under cloches sow under cloches

Between plants: 10cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow a bolt-resistant variety in drill 2cm deep under cloches. Soak seeds in warm water for an hour before planting. Each seed is actually a cluster and several will germinate. Thinnings can be used to give colour to salads. Protect young seedlings from birds. Water during dry weather to avoid woody roots and keep it regular to avoid splitting.


sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 10cm
Between rows: 30cm

Soak seeds in warm water for an hour before planting. Sow in drills 2cm deep. Each seed is actually a cluster and several will germinate. Thinnings can be used to give colour to salads. Protect young seedlings from birds. Water during dry weather to avoid woody roots and keep it regular to avoid splitting.


harvest harvest

Harvest when young for the sweetest roots. Immediately twist off the leaves leaving 2cm of stalk - the roots will bleed if cut. Store main crop varieties in a cool, dry place in dry peat or sand until March, checking regularly.


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