Beetroot seeds

Beetroot - Chioggia

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 calendar
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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