Outdoors in open ground or in containers at least 22cm/9"
wide and 30cm/12" deep
Outdoors late March to July - temperature
How to Sow
2 seeds 2.5cm/1" deep - 10cm/4" between seeds - in
rows 30cm/12" apart or in groups/blocks
When the seedlings are 2.5cm/1" high thin to 1 seedling per
station. Throw away the thinnings as these do not transplant
Growing on -
Keep well watered and avoid dry spells to prevent the beets
becoming woody or splitting
in open ground
Start pulling the beetroots once they have reached the size
of a golf ball, pulling alternate plants to give space for
the remaining roots to reach maturity (about the size of a
cricket ball) for the globe varieties
Organic Spray with a weak solution of soapy water
Use water through a hosepipe to knock the aphids off the plants Chemical Spray with an insecticide containing Fenitrothion
Mangold Fly or Beet
Light brown blisters on the leaves. The leaves turn
completely brown and drop off and plant growth is stunted.
1. Gently loosen the soil surrounding the plants with a
trowel or hoe which will expose the pupae for birds to eat them.
2. Remove any affected leaves as soon as the damage is noticed
None in particular
If you know aphids are a problem in your area, grow flowers such as
nasturtiums, calendula asters, dahlias, and zinnias nearby - but not
Create a bio-diverse environment by planting flowers
nearby to attract bees, ladybirds and other "friendlies". To learn more about companion planting click
In the Kitchen
In a cool, dry place for up to 3 days or store longer term layered in
boxes separating each layer with sand or peat, and keep in a cool dark
but frost free place such as the garage or shed.
Twist off the leaves which can be also eaten raw or cooked like
spinach then wash in cold water. Beetroots tend to "bleed" and lose
colour if the skin is broken or removed before or during cooking so it
is best to cook them whole in their skins.
Beetroot are excellent for pickling and can also be used raw in
salads and garnishes.
Whole Medium = 1½ - 2 hours DO NOT pierce or break the
Whole Medium = 1 - 1½ hours
Thin Slices =
Whole Medium = 8- 10 minutes
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