Planting Guide – Sowing Beetroot Seeds

This beetroot seed planting guide aims to give you an overview of the best practices. In it, we’ll be sowing Beetroot seeds from the Thompson & Morgan range. We sell a range of Thompson & Morgan seeds, including flower, fruit, and vegetable seeds. The range are specially selected for strong genetic traits for increased success and large yields. Using Thompson & Morgan seeds means you’ll get a better chance of success.

Beetroot are an easy crop to grow. You can use the whole plant. Use the roots as they swell, they’re often used when they get to the size of a golf ball for tender flesh and sweeter taste. You can also use the nutritious, vitamin-packed baby leaves in salads, used as a micro-green.

What is a Beetroot & Why Should I Grow Them?

Beetroots are a balling root vegetable that are usually sweet when picked young. Beetroots can be consumed fresh or preserved in vinegar, as pickled beetroot, and used throughout the year. You can eat beetroot raw, typically in salads or as a side garnish, or cooked, and pickled. Beetroots are nutritious and a good source of iron, vitamin B, C as well as potassium.

Fresh beetroot sitting on soil after being dug up

Thompson & Morgan Beetroot seeds like to grow where sown, outdoors, from March to July in a weed free, sunny position in fertile, light, well drained soil. Beetroot are an incredibly easy crop to grow with a rewarding bounty waiting.

Sowing Beetroot Seeds

Sowing beetroot seeds is really easy. They’re a hardy crop that are reliable. Sowing beetroot seeds in a successional way ensures you have a continuous crop to enjoy and preserve.

Fresh beetroot sitting on the ground after being picked

Garden tip: Thompson & Morgan seed packets show full details of sowing and transplanting instructions.

Direct sow beetroot seeds outdoors from March to July in a weed free, sunny position in fertile, light, well drained soil. Sow beetroot seeds thinly in shallow drills at a depth of 1 cm (1/2”) and 30 cm (12”) apart. Germination will usually take 12 to 24 days. When large enough to handle, thin out the seedlings within each row to 5 – 7 cm (2–3″) apart.

When growing beetroot, water as necessary to prevent the soil from drying out and to help keep the plants cool and moist. This helps the plants avoid running to seed. Lift roots at any time from June to October once they have reached 1″ diameter or more. Harvest any remaining crops before the first frosts. Beetroot can be stored until mid-spring in boxes of moist sand in a frost free shed or garage.

Free Sowing Beetroot Seeds Guide

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Beetroot Seed planting guide from Future Garden