Beetroot Seeds

Growing suggestions for beetroot seeds

Early sowings of beetroot seeds can be made indoors in modules from February and transplanted 4-5 weeks later. From March seeds can be direct-sown with protection from frost. Maincrop beetroot is direct-sown outdoors from April. Seeds should be sown into soil with a reasonably fine tilth. Beetroot ‘seeds’ are clusters of seeds which means they will need thinning to achieve their final spacing (30cm between rows, 10cm in-row)

Beetroot sowing and harvesting calendar

Crop history

Beetroot as we know it today has existed since around the sixteenth century, and was bred from a chard-like ancestor which had been cultivated for over 2000 years in the Mediterranean  region. The swollen storage roots were an extremely valuable source of food in regions where the climate was too cold to produce food over the winter months, e.g. Northern Europe. Beetroot is a very versatile vegetable and can be eaten either cooked or raw.

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  • Beetroot - Bull's Blood 1

    Beetroot – Bull’s Blood (Organic)

    £2.20

    Beetroot – Bull’s Blood (Organic)

    A variety of beetroot with extremely dark red leaves, usually grown as a salad leaf. The leaves are exceptionally dark red, almost purple colour and very tender and sweet, especially as baby-leaf. They can be cut up to 4-5 times and will grow back. The beets are best when harvested young, very mild in flavour. They have beautiful pinkish rings inside.
    (Approximate seed count – 200)

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  • Beetrrot Burpees Golden

    Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (Organic)

    £2.80

    Beetroot – Burpee’s Golden (Organic)

    An unusual beetroot producing brilliant orangey yellow roots which mellow to a rich golden colour when cooked. Developed by breeders at the Burpee seed company in USA in the 1940s, it quickly became a hit with gardeners due to its sweeter and milder flavour compared to other beets.

    It is a key ingredient of Ronja’s delicious raw beetroot salad!
    (Approximate seed count – 150)

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  • Beetroot – Chioggia (Organic)

    £2.80

    Beetroot – Chioggia (Organic)

    An Italian variety with striking white and red concentric rings throughout its flesh. This unusual cultivar has been around since the early 19th century and originates from the coastal town of Chioggia near Venice in Northern Italy. With its delicate flavour and soft flesh it will make an ideal raw addition in salads or as a decorative side dish. When cooked the rings will fade out a little and become pinkish but the beetroot will keep its sweet and mild delicious taste. Definitely our favourite in terms of looks!
    (Approximate seed count – 200)

    £2.80
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  • Beetroot - Cylindra (2)

    Beetroot – Cylindra (Organic)

    £2.20

    Beetroot – Cylindra (Organic)

    A distinctive, very attractive variety which forms long, thin cylindrical beets . Deep purple, and typically 20cm tall, and 6cm diameter, but like any beet, can get very large with enough room. They look great in the veg patch, at the market and also on your plate! Very suitable as a main crop and has excellent storage capability.
    Guest description by our friend Dan from Chagfood CSA
    (Approximate seed count – 200)

    £2.20
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  • Beetroot - Detroit 1

    Beetroot – Detroit (Organic)

    £1.90

    Beetroot – Detroit (Organic)

    Reliable maincrop beetroot producing large globe-shaped red roots. This is a classic variety, having proved itself since 1892 when it was introduced by the D.M. Ferry Seed Company, in Michigan, USA! It is reliable and high-yielding and remains a favourite with gardeners and growers to this day.

    The large, globe-shaped beets have the typical beetroot colour and an excellent flavour which makes it perfect for baking, sautéing, grating into salads, pickling and anything else that you might want to do with a beetroot. Yes, it will also store well! The green and red-veined leaves can be used like spinach and are equally tasty.
    (Approximate seed count – 200)

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