How do you grow beetroot seeds in the UK?

Sow beetroot seeds outdoors from mid-April to late June, into a shallow drill, 1cm deep. Space seeds 10cm apart, with 30cm between rows. Water regularly and keep the area free from weeds. Harvest the beetroot when they’re the size of a cricket ball – larger roots can become woody.

How long does it take to grow beetroot from seed?

Beets should be ready to harvest 7 to 8 weeks after they are planted. Young, tender tops often have a mild quality, but the greens can be used until they get large and strong flavored.

How long do beetroot take to grow UK?

You can make an early start in late-February by sowing indoors and planting out under cloches in March. Beetroot seeds are relatively large and are easy to handle and space out along the row. Roots are ready in as little as 7 weeks if picked young, but can be grown on for around 12 weeks for larger roots.

What is the best way to grow beetroot?

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What month do you plant beet seeds?


Beets are cold tolerant, so they can be planted in early spring, several weeks before the last frost date. To keep the soil consistently moist during germination, cover the area with row cover until the seedlings break the soil surface. Beets can be harvested at any time.

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Can you grow beetroot in pots?

If you have a small garden, beetroot are easy to grow in pots. To grow in pots (ideal for round varieties, not long cylindrical ones), choose containers that are 20cm (8in) in diameter and at least 20cm (8in) deep. Fill loosely with multi-purpose compost leaving the compost just shy of the top.

Is beetroot easy to grow?

Beetroot is a very easy to grow vegetable that suffers from very few pests and diseases. The trick to growing the best beetroot is a nice loose, fertile soil with plenty of well rotted organic matter added.

Should I soak beetroot seeds before planting?

Beetroot has a very hard seed coat. So it’s a good idea to soak them before you sow. This can be done 15 minutes beforehand or even overnight. You know they’re ready when the seeds actually sink to the bottom.

How do you start beet seeds?

Sow seed in shallow trenches ½ (8 mm) inch deep and be sure to heel or stamp the soil firmly in; beets often fail to germinate when there is insufficient contact with the soil. Sow seed 2 inches apart and later thin to 4 inches (5-10 cm) apart for large storage beets, closer if growing for baby beets or greens.