How To Grow Beetroot – Which?

Beetroot seeds are easy to grow outdoors. They can even be grown in a patio if you do not have a garden.

Growing beetroot: month after month

The best beetroot varieties

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How we test beets

We have grown 18 varieties of beetroot in Capel Manor Living Labs in North London, including some previous Best Buys, newer varieties and some unusual, non-purple varieties. In April, we saw our four seeds per unit in the banks of the greenhouse. We recorded how well the seeds germinated and then let them grow for four weeks until they were big enough to be planted out. They were planted for each species at a distance of about 25 cm in a 2 meter row. We cut and weighed the first beets when they were the size of a golf ball and continued to do this, thinning out each row evenly until we got a plant every four centimeters. These were grown in ripe beetroot, the size of a cricket ball. The beets were sweet-tested with a Brix test, which measures the sugar content of root juice. Other tastes can affect your perception of sweetness when you are actually eating something. Therefore, the Brix score is more of an instruction than an absolute measure of banner quality. A group of tasters fried and ate the beetroot and wrote down what they thought about the taste and texture.

When to sow

A good first sowing season in the South is in late February and north in mid-March. This sowing takes place indoors in module trays with the help of a Best Buy compost to sow seedsIf you prefer to sow directly in the garden, wait until mid-April.

The second sowing in early June brings the harvest from September to winter. The last sowing date in the south is in early July.

If you are sowing directly into the ground, place the seeds in rows about 5 cm apart, 30 cm apart and about an inch deep. Or sow about four seeds per unit in large units in the greenhouse.

Take care of your plants


If you started your beetroot in units, plant them in lumps when the plants have a few pairs of leaves. With small to medium-sized beets, they can be up to 30 cm between the grapes. To keep larger carrots and beets in the winter, leave 35 cm between each crumb. Beets like to push apart when they grow so they do not need to be thinned – thinning occurs naturally when you start harvesting.

to water

Remember to water the plants well during dry periods. Plants that grow in well-drained soil need to be watered more often, otherwise the yield will be small.

How and when to harvest

Harvest in: May to December

Turnips are ready when they are the size you want, even the size of a golf ball in May. From cakes with many seeds, make the biggest cake so that the others grow more. You can return to the same beetroot several times from one sowing day and for more than two months or more.

Beetroot can withstand light frost but damage occurs when it is below -4 ° C, especially beetroot above ground so you can cover soil and compost around them for protection. Harvest beetroot for winter storage from late November to Christmas. Let them get dirty, let them dry the surface and put them in a bag or box. They are good to eat until April, especially large turnips.

Common growth problems


Birds can attack the beet leaves. Therefore, cover all plantings with chips in the spring. It can be done from early to mid-May. After that, these plants should no longer need protection.

Read more about bird protection.


Beetroot leaves are sometimes eaten by miners and cause noticeable pale yellow spots on the leaves. However, if the growing conditions are good and the soil is healthy, you should not get minimal damage.

Read more about the miner’s planes.