My nemesis plant is beetroot, I’m in my 60s now and I’ve never grown a successful crop of beetroot. I’ve tried everything including every tip suggested. What advice do you have for me?
For some unexplained reason beetroot appears to be one of those vegetables that some people can cultivate successfully without any special treatment, while others find it almost impossible to grow. Just know you are not alone!
There are a few things that contribute to the successful cultivation of beetroot. Firstly, good drainage – if possible, raise your garden and add new compost regularly throughout the year to enrich the soil. Secondly, regularly rotate where you plant vegetables each season.
You can sow beetroot directly into the soil or you can purchase young seedlings. To improve germination of seeds, soak them for up to 12 hours before sowing and be careful to not sow them too deep; 10 to 15mm below ground level is enough. When the new young plants reach about 30mm they can be thinned out and transplanted. Ensure young plants do not dry out by watering regularly. If you have had continuous problems in germinating beetroot seed, we would recommend purchasing punnets of seedlings.