Beetroot Growing Guide

Beta vulgaris


Crop Rotation Group

Chenopodiaceae (Beet family) 


Rich soil. Well-drained light but deep soil preferred.


Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant



Rarely required.


Single Plants: 15cm (5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 20cm (7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Best direct sown in final position . Thin seedlings to at least 10cm (4 in) apart to grow large roots.
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Each seed is actually a small cluster of seeds, so space well and may require thinning. Be careful not to damage the beet when weeding. Young leaves are also a colourful addition to salads. Liable to bolt (run to seed) if sown too early, though some varieties are resistant to this.


Harvest young leaves for salad greens as you thin young plants. Pull roots when they become plump. To keep through winter, harvest plants, cut off the tops, and keep in a cool cellar or refrigerator.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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