Growing Beetroot: A Step-by-Step Guide

Beetroot is an increasingly popular vegetable that is known for its high nutritional value and distinctive earthy flavor. It is most commonly eaten cooked, but can be juiced or even pickled. Beetroot is rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fibers, and has a range of potential health benefits. It can also be used to add a unique flavor and color to many dishes.

Beetroot can be a wonderfully nutritious and delicious addition to any meal. Best of all, this vibrant vegetable is easy to grow in your own garden or in pots. Here’s everything you need to know about planting, growing, and harvesting this nutritious plant.

Preparing the Soil

As with any vegetable, it’s important to have good soil before planting. Beetroots prefer soil that is light and well drained. Prepare the soil by digging in plenty of compost. The soil should be neutral to slightly alkaline with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Lime can be added to the soil if needed, but it’s best to use soil tests to determine the actual pH.

Sowing Seeds

Beetroots can easily be sown directly into the ground. The seeds should be sown in well-prepared, moist soil about 1.5 cm (1/2 inch) deep and about 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin out to approximately 15 cm (6 inches) apart. Once the plants reach 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter, they are ready to be harvested!

Caring for Plants

Beetroots need plenty of water and fertilizer to thrive. Water the soil deeply and regularly – large beetroots require 2 to 4 inches of water per week. Fertilize the plants every 2 to 3 weeks with a balanced, granular fertilizer or liquid fertilizer.

Harvesting Beetroot

When the beetroots are about 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter, they are ready to be harvested. Carefully dig around the root and pull it from the soil. Beetroots can be left in the ground for a few weeks after they are ready to be harvested in order to increase the sweetness. When you are ready to harvest, use a knife or scissors to cut the roots from the tops.

Storing Beetroot

Beetroot can be stored for months when given the right conditions. Well cured beetroots can be stored in cool, dark places with temperatures of 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. They can also be stored in the refrigerator up to 10 days. For long-term storage, they can be peeled, boiled, cubed and frozen.


Growing beetroot can be a delicious, nutritious addition to any garden or pot. By following these steps, you can easily grow and store your own beetroots!

Nutritional Benefits of Beetroot

Beetroot is a highly nutritious vegetable with a range of health benefits. It is an excellent source of folate and manganese, and is a good source of copper, dietary fiber, magnesium and phosphorus. Beetroot is also rich in antioxidants and helps with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Beetroot juice in particular has been found to improve athletic performance, making it popular among athletes. Beetroot is a versatile vegetable, easy to grow and great for adding flavor and nutrition to any meal.

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