Beetroot (red beet) (Beta vulgaris subsp. rapacea var. conditiva)


Amaranth family (Amaranthaceae)

Beetroot (red beet)


glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Seeding: from April to June
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Distance: 30.0 cm x 5.00 – 10.0 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Height: 20 – 30 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Harvest: 12 weeks after seeding
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Habitat: sunny, shade
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Good Neighbours: Broad beans, Bush beans, Kohlrabi, Muskmelons, Onions, Parsnips, Runner beans, Spring onions, Watermelons
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Bad Neighbours: Aubergines, Chard, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> The best time to plant is early summer (in central Europe that means June). Sow close together and harvest small vegetables (baby beets) continuously.
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Your need: One person consumes an average of 9 kg a year.
Require an average level of nutrients
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Beetroot is a biennial herbaceous plant.
There are red and colourless ("silver beets") through to light yellow ("golden beets") varieties.
In the first year the root and a rosette of leaves grow.
In the second year, a stalk will grow up to 1.5 m with a flower head.


Sunny to partial shade. Ideally the soil should be well drained with a small amount of humus.


Beetroot is propagated by seeds.


Aubergines, Chard, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes


Plants that are well suited for next year cultivation:

Broad beans, Broad beans, Bush beans, Celery, Leeks, Runner beans, Sweet corn


The following plants should not be planted in the following years:

How many years: Not to plant:
3 – 4 year(s) Beetroot


The young plants are sensitive to frost.
If young beetroot plants are exposed to frost they develop a tendency to run to seed.
This is why you should protect the young plants from frost or first sow in the spring and, if there's a late frost, cover with a fleece or with straw.


Beetroot is not very demanding.

  • Before sowing, soak the seeds for a few hours in rain water
  • Water sufficiently
  • The small beetroot, so-called "baby beets" variety are particularly tender and do not need a lot of space.
  • Sow closer together and harvest the baby beets continuously.
  • To be able to harvest beetroot in autumn, you should first plant from early summer.


Beetroot is robust.
Pests: Voles.


You can first harvest them after about 5 to 6 weeks.
Lift the plants a bit in the morning and in the evening then pull them completely out of the ground.
Harvest before the first frost at the latest.


Beetroot can be stored for a few weeks in a cool cellar with no problems.


Boil beetroot, peel it, then grate. Mix with a grated, sour apple.
Spice with salt, pepper, lemon, oil and honey.
Before touching this very strongly coloured vegetable, rub a good amount of cooking oil into your hands.


One person consumes an average of 9 kg a year.
Der Pro Kopf Karotten und Rote Rüben Verbrauch liegt bei etwa 9 Kilo jährlich. Quellen: BLE; BMELV; DESTATIS; LfL Stand: 14.03.2013.

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