Beetroot- Detroit

Beta vulgaris

Standard seed packet, 50 seeds

$1.25
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  • Globe shaped roots up to 7cm
  • Good variety for baby leaf and microgreens
  • Very popular variety
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'Beetroot- Detroit' seeds

Beta vulgaris

  • Globe shaped roots up to 7cm
  • Good variety for baby leaf and microgreens
  • Very popular variety

Very popular variety for growing roots, baby leaves and microgreens. Dark red, globe shaped roots growing up to 7cm; very good flavour. Green tops with tinges of dark red. Resistant to downy mildew.

Seeds per gram: 70
Product code: C4-19-P

Best Months to Sow
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cool
Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Tropical
Arid
Quick Sowing Guide
Method Sow direct
Sowing Depth 15mm
Season Spring, summer and autumn
Germination 5-10 days @ 10-30°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Hardy Biennial (usually grown as an annual)
Row Spacing 50cm
Plant Spacing 10cm
Position Full sun, moist well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 60 days (30 days for baby leaves)

*Notes: Keep well watered. Is susceptible to leaf spot.

How To Grow

How to Grow Beetroot from Seed

Family: Amaranthaceae
Binomial name: Beta vulgaris
Life Cycle: Biennial (but usually grown as an annual)

When to Sow Beetroot Seeds

Beetroot can be grown year-round in most climates. Avoid planting in extremely hot or cold weather which can affect germination and growth. Use the table below to identify the best time of year to sow beetroot in your climate.

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Cool
Temperate
Sub-Tropical
Tropical
Arid

Preparation

Beetroot plants are best grown in full sun. Choose a location that will receive at least 6 hours of full sun each day.

Beetroot plants need a loose, well drained soil enriched with organic matter. Prepare soil by weeding it thoroughly, digging it over to at least a spade’s depth to loosen the soil, and adding aged animal manure or compost. Organic matter can be dug into heavy soil to lighten it so roots can grow freely. Keep the area free of weeds until planting.

How to Sow Beetroot Seeds

Optional: Beetroot seeds do not require any treatment before sowing, but soaking seeds overnight in room temperature water prior to sowing may result in improved or more uniform germination.

Beetroot seeds grow best when they are sown directly into the garden.

  1. Sow seeds directly in the garden 15mm deep and 10cm apart, with rows 50cm apart.
  2. Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.
  3. Seeds should germinate in around 5-10 days at a soil temperature of 10-30°C.
  4. Young seedlings will need protection from pests, pets and weather until they are established.

How to Grow Beetroot

Beetroot plants need regular watering during the growing season. Water when the soil is dry about 5cm below the surface (test this by scratching away a little soil with your finger). Water deeply in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid watering the leaves of plants to avoid fungal diseases. Learn more about watering here.

Optional: To give plants room to grow, thin seedlings when they are large enough to handle. Pull out any weak or small seedlings so plants are spaced about 10cm apart.

If soil was well prepared no extra fertiliser should be necessary. Fertilising can result in excessive leaf growth at the expense of roots forming. In poor soil use a fertiliser low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus, such as blood and bone, applied at the recommended rate.

How to Harvest Beetroot

Beetroot should be ready to harvest in approximately 60 days (30 days for baby leaves).

Leaves are ready to harvest when they are large enough to eat, and can be harvested as needed. Harvest leaves by cutting off the outer ones at the base, leaving some on the plant for future growth. Eat beetroot leaves as soon as possible after harvesting. Store leaves short term in a perforated plastic bag in the fridge.

Roots are ready to harvest when they are large enough to eat, and can be harvested as needed. Harvest individual roots by gently pulling at the base of the leaves, or use a garden fork to lift multiple roots from the soil. Shake off any excess soil and cut the foliage 1-2cm above the top of the root. Store beetroot in a perforated plastic bag in the fridge. For longer term storage beetroot can be pickled or canned.

Common Problems when Growing Beetroot

Like all plants, beetroot is susceptible to some pests, diseases and other problems. Below is a list of the most common problems gardeners encounter when growing beetroot plants:

  • Split roots are usually caused by inconsistent watering when roots are mature. Water deeply and evenly to keep soil moisture consistent and always take recent or expected rainfall into consideration before watering.
  • Tough roots usually indicate that the roots were harvested too late. Harvest roots when they are young and tender.
  • small roots
    Small roots can be the result of sowing too thickly or over fertilising. Thin seedlings to give roots adequate space to grow. Do not fertilise plants as this may encourage the growth of foliage at the expense of roots.
  • Bolting is when a plant prematurely flowers and goes to seed. Bolting can be caused by a period of extreme weather. Avoid sowing seed until after the danger of frosts has passed or in very hot weather. Water plants regularly and deeply in hot weather to prevent them suffering heat stress.
  • Slugs and Snails
    Slugs and snails are molluscs that feed on tender leaves and shoots, mostly at night, leaving slimy trails behind them. Control them by removing their hiding places, keeping free range poultry, collecting them by torchlight or by placing traps. Read more about slugs and snails here.
  • bacterial leaf spot
    Bacterial leaf spot is a disease that causes irregularly shaped brown spots on all above-ground parts of a plant. The spots at first appear to be wet but become dry and scab-like over time. Leaves and flowers can fall prematurely. Water plants at soil level (not on the leaves), dispose of fallen leaves and fruit and practice crop rotation.
  • Downy Mildew
    Downy mildew is a fungal disease that causes yellow to grey-brown patches on leaves, especially the undersides. Water plants at soil level (not on the leaves), remove and destroy affected leaves and do not overcrowd plants to ensure adequate air flow. If problems persist, spray with a homemade milk spray or fungicide.
  • Boron deficiency
    Boron deficiency causes yellow leaf tips, hollow discoloured stems or soft brown centres in the roots. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of household boron in 5 litres of water in a watering can and apply when seedlings are 5-10cm tall. Do not use as a general fertiliser as boron is toxic to some plants.

Shipping

We deliver Australia wide.

All orders are dispatched from our warehouse in Knoxfield, Victoria, Australia.

We do not deliver overseas.

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Ratings & Reviews

Beetroot- Detroit

Great beetroot, these have become our "must have some on the go at all times" variety
5 February 2022

Very quick germination

Most of the seeds germinated after a day or two. Seedlings grow more quickly than I expected.
22 March 2016