Beetroot

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris)

Sds/g: 30-75     Feed Requirements: Low     Opt. Germination Temp: 10-28˚C

Planting & Harvesting Guide:

Cultural Notes: Pulling fresh, crisp, healthy beetroot from the garden makes you wonder why we put up with those soft fleshed excuses from the supermarket. Beetroot is super healthy with high levels of anti-oxidants and potassium (which helps keep blood pressure down and reduces the risk of strokes). We loved it peeled and grated raw with walnuts or sunflower seeds and balsamic vinegar tossed through it. Throw some young beetroot leaves into a salad. - Beetroot can grow in most soils (including clays) provided the top 10cm of soil are loosened as the edible root grows near the surface. When aerating the soil mix in 2 cm of compost or well rotted manure. Once beetroot is stressed, reach full size or go to seed they tend to become woody and lose their sweetness. Sow every 2 weeks to ensure a constant supply without the beetroot going woody. Sow seed every few cm in rows 45-60cm apart. Thin seedlings when they are about 10cm tall and again when they start to look crowded. With the second thinning you can usually use the small bulb and greens.

Harvest: - Harvest when the beetroot reaches your desired size. Do not leave in the ground for too long once it has reached its mature size as it will go woody unless you have hit mid-autumn. Most varieties handle cold winters well and can be ‘stored’ in the ground until needed. If you live in a very frosty area protect your overwintering beetroots by hilling up some soil over the roots. If the roots freeze they will rot once thawed.

Beetroot ‘Red Ace’ F1
Beta vulgaris

The best all singing, all dancing red beetroot in our trials. These dark red roots are sweet, tender and not fibrous even when older. A good looking variety with round, smooth roots that grow quickly and uniformly. The red veined leaves are also great for eating or stir fries. Use root raw, cooked or pickled. 250 seeds.

$3.50
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BEETROOT ‘Detroit Dark Red’
Beta vulgaris

A popular heirloom due to its versatility – the young leaves can be used and the beetroots can be eaten raw, roasted, pickled or boiled. It is also early and has delicious dark red globe roots. Has some resistance to downy mildew. A dependable cropper with good heat and cold tolerance. 250 seeds.

$3.50
Heirloom
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Sep 1st - Mar 31st
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Aug 1st - Aug 31st
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Jan 1st - Dec 30th
Beetroot ‘Cylindrica’
Beta vulgaris

The easiest beetroot to peel and slice!! An heirloom variety with a long deep red root that retain sweetness even when mature. The cylindrical shape makes it easier to peel and slice than the large rounded varieties. Grows to 15-20cm in length and up to 5cm wide. Tops can be used in salads. 150 seeds.

$3.50
Heirloom
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Beetroot 'Bulls Blood'
Beta vulgaris

A favourite heirloom with purple-reddish leaves and a red root with visible pinkish rings. The leaves can be used in salads, stir fries or vegetable juices. The roots are delicious, especially when harvested as baby beets. 150 seeds.

$3.50
Heirloom
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BEETROOT ‘Chioggia’
Beta vulgaris

Not only is this Italian heirloom sweet it looks amazing. A red skinned beetroot with alternating red and white concentric rings through the flesh (like the old candy canes). Use just like normal beetroot; roasted, grated raw, boiled, in dips etc. The young green leaves can also be used in salads. 120 seeds.
 

$3.50
Heirloom
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BEETROOT 'Early Wonder Tall Top'
Beta vulgaris

The earliest beet you will eat! These 10cm bright red beauties are the best beetroot for early spring plantings as they grow well in cool soils. The glossy green, red-veined tops can be harvested for salads as it grows. A good all round beetroot that also pickles well and stores in the ground over winter. 350 seeds.

$3.50
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BEETROOT - ‘Golden’
Beta vulgaris

An unusual and stunning beetroot with orange skin and a rich gold interior. The green leaves have attractive yellow stems are prized in salad mixes when small and have a mild flavour when cooked. Organically grown seed. 40 seeds.

$3.50
Organic
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BEETROOT- 'Blankoma'
Beta vulgaris

White roots means having your favourite beet flavour without staining everything on the plate pink. The tops are tasty too. Best harvested when 5-8 cm in diametre for flavour. For continuous supply of greens and beets, sow in 2 week intervals until 8 weeks before expected frosts. This beetroot will store well in the soil over winter. 100 seeds.

$3.50
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BEETROOT 'Derwent Globe'
Beta vulgaris

This old Tasmanian variety was grown by Yates during the last century. The deep red, globe shaped beetroots are very tender and juicy. It can be eaten raw or cooked. The young leaves can be used in salads. Best grown in lighter soils, with good drainage, but well watered over the summer months. Keep mulched. Takes about 60 days to mature. 200 seeds

$3.50
Heirloom
Organic
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