Starting your first Beets from seed can seem like a challenging and confusing prospect, but it's actually quite simple. Follow our growing guide to have beautiful Beetroot in your garden!


What soil is good for Beetroot?

Plant Beetroot in rich soil, which is light and well draining. Plenty of added compost to retain moisture.


How much sun does Beetroot need?

Beetroot plants prefer full sun, however will tolerate a partial sun or afternoon shade position. 

Frost Tolerant

Is Beetroot frost tolerant?

Beetroot plants will tolerate light frost. 


How much space does Beetroot need?

Plant Beetroot a minimum of 15cm apart in order for the bulb to grow to its full size. 


When should I plant Beetroot?

Beetroot are cool season crops. Usually planted in autumn, depending on your climate.

You can succession plant throughout the year for a continuous crop as long as temperatures stay below 25°C (77°F). 


What do I feed Beetroot?

Work in an organic fertiliser into the soil before planting your Beetroot, water regularly and mulch the soil around the beets to retain moisture. 


When can I harvest Beetroot?

You will generally see the Beetroot bulb come up just above the surface of the soil, when it's close to, or ready for harvest. Harvest the beetroot anywhere between a golf ball to tennis ball size. Beetroot leaves and stems are also edible. 


What pests does Beetroot get?

Pests which can affect Beetroot include: Aphids, Slug, Snail, Darkling Beetle, Leafminer, Leafhopper. 


What diseases does Beetroot get?

Diseases that can affect Beetroot include: Bacterial Blight, Scab, Curly Top Disease, Beet Western Yellow Virus, Leaf Spot, Damping-off, Downy Mildew, Fusarium Yellows and Root Rot, Powdery Mildew, Beet Cyst Nematode, Root Knot Nematode. 


Is there anything else I need to know about Beetroot?

Water Beetroot plants frequently and consistently throughout the growing season. 

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