Beetroot

Beetroot

Australians consume more beetroot than anywhere else in the world. The majority of beetroot is grown for processing, with small areas producing for fresh markets. This attractive, deep carmine coloured, round shaped vegetable is rather versatile, with many uses in the kitchen from pickling to soups, salads and chutneys.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Beetroot is grown best in cool conditions and is successfully grown almost all year round in the southern states of Australia.

    The vegetable plant prefers humus rich well drained soil and being in a sunny position.

    Due to their large leaves and small roots, beetroot requires consistent regular watering to prevent cracking or forking. Do not over water as this may cause excess leaf growth at the expense of root swelling.

    It is fairly tolerant towards moderate frosts. However, plant growth may be slowed during prolonged cold conditions.

    Beetroot can be sown successively through the year so that you have a regular, continuous supply.

    Start planting late spring for seeds when the risk of frost has passed and early summer for seedlings.

    Seeds should be planted at a depth of 2cm and 10cm apart, with 30cm between rows. Soil must be moist until seedlings emerge in 10-14 days. If mass sowing, a seeding rate of 4kg/ha is required.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Planting   

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½-¾ cup (100-150g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 1.25-2kg/10m row

    Comments: Broadcast and mix with soil or band directly below where seedlings are to be planted.

     

    Stage: Side Dress

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1 ¼ cup (240g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 1.8-2.8kg/10m row

    Comments: Apply when plants are about 10cm high.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.