L.M.Reid is an Irish Writer who has published many articles. She is a keen gardener and has some great gardening advice
How to Grow Beetroot in Containers
If you have a small garden, then you can grow the round variety of beetroot very successfully in containers and pots. I had a great harvest last year. There are step-by-step instructions and my own photos so you can learn how to grow this vegetable at home too.
The best months to sow beetroot seeds are March to July in western Europe and two weeks before the last average frost date in spring in other countries.
Growing Beets in Containers
Beetroot plants need room for the roots to grow. So the container or pot should be at least 12 inches, 30 cm in depth. Also when planting the beet seeds, make sure you leave enough room along the edges so the beetroot can grow. At least 1 inch, 2 1/2 cm is needed. The beet seeds I use every year are cheap and give me a great yield too.
- Put the container in a sunny spot in your garden or balcony.
- Add soil that will be well drained into the container
- Plant the seeds 1/2 inch, 1 1/4cm deep and 3 inches, 7 cm apart.
- The seeds should be covered with a good bit of soil and watered in well.
- Keep them watered and they will germinate in about 14 days.
- If you want to speed up this process, you can soak the beet seeds in warm water for a few hours before planting.
How to Grow a Continuous Supply of Beets
I find that beetroot is very easy to grow, so I make sure to sow the beet seeds in stages, usually every two weeks. That means I can have lots of plants at different stages of growth.
How to Water the Beetroot Plants
It is very important to water your beets correctly.
Every climate is different, but make sure to keep the soil is damp but not waterlogged. I personally water the container every second day in spring. In the hotter days, it could be every day. If you see the soil on top is dry, then you need to give it more water.
When to Harvest the Beetroot
The plants will be ready to pick in 50 to 65 days. Watch the beets grow to around 2 inches, 6 cm in diameter. Do not leave them to grow bigger, because the beet will not taste as sweet.
They will be able to stay in the soil for up to two weeks once they have matured. I would advise no longer than that, or the beets will become sour and stringy.
How to Store Fully Grown Beets
If you want to grow them all together, then you can store them quite successfully too.
- Once the beets are ready for harvest, you can pull the plants from the soil.
- Cut off the leaves with just an inch of the stem still attached to the beet.
- Leave the roots alone.
- Prepare a box with damp sand.
- Place the beets inside.
- Leave in a cool and humid place.
- The beets will stay fresh for about three months, sometimes longer.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.