Northern Queensland Permaculture

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Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Caryophyllales
Family Amaranthaceae
Genus Beta
Common Name Beetroot
Species B. vulgaris

Maturity days

  • 45

Planting Months

Planting months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3
Bee_food Vegetable

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant
Humidity tolerant
Planting area Garden_bed
Sunlight Full_sun


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Short comments

Cultivated for swollen roots.

General comments

Space plants: 20 - 30 cm apart

Can grow near Onions, Silverbeet, Lettuce, Cabbage, Beans, Dill, Peas, Strawberries

Avoid growing close to: Asparagus, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Spinach

Soak seeds in water 24 hours before planting so that you can separate the seeds. Thinning is nearly always required as seedlings emerge from a seedball of several seeds. Thinning is essential to get useful tubers. Will keep in the ground longer than the harvest date, but may start to become woody if left too long. Keeping the top of the beet's bulb covered with soil will help ensure the entire bulb is the same color and prevents 'corkiness' at the top of the bulb.

For tasty and tender beetroot, start harvesting at golfball-size.


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