Harvesting and Storing
Harvesting of globe beetroot can begin around nine weeks after sowing
the seed. At this stage the bulbs will be about 2.5cm (1in) in diameter
and they will be at their most tender - important for salads. These
first pickings should be evenly applied over growing area to give the
remaining beetroot good room to grow larger.
Continue to harvest as required until the beetroot reach about 8cm (3in) in
diameter. At this point it is best to harvest all the beetroot and store
them. If they are left in the ground much longer, they will become woody
and not taste so good. Another sign that the roots are ready for harvest
is when the foliage starts to go limp.
When harvesting beetroot, especially if they will not be eaten immediately,
cut the leaves off about 5cm (2in) above the root. This will keep them
fresh longer and prevent them from 'bleeding'. Use a trowel to dig
gently under the bulb and gently tease it away from the soil. Avoid
damaging the root in order to keep them fresh for long time.
Store the beetroot in boxes (layers separated by sand or peat) in a cool dark
place such as the garage or shed. They must kept free of all but a very
Beetroot is a tasty and nutritious vegetable, try the recipes below if
you have a glut of them.
Beetroot is relatively free from pests and diseases (aside from birds at
the seedling stage), but the following list will help should any trouble
Disease / Pest
Flies (Beet Leaf Miner)
with light brown blisters. The leaves turn completely brown and
fall off. Growth is stunted.
is a root problem and may not be clearly seen at first. The plants
look unhealthy, and growth is stunted. No obvious leaf
raised round spots on the underside of the leaves. The spots are
rust coloured (browny-red).
Leaves curl and new shoots are distorted
Choose the largest container possible - at least 30cm (1ft) in diameter. For
drainage, fill the bottom with stones or the like, then cover with
potting compost to about 5cm (2in) from the rim. Scatter the seeds over
the surface and lightly cover with more potting compost - water
As the seeds develop, thin them so that there are about 6 plants for a 30cm
(1ft) diameter pot (more if the pot is larger). From then on treat them
as described throughout this article. Good luck!
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Name: Ian Bissett
Date posted: June 11, 2011 - 11:10 am
Message: I have been growing some beetroot in a large planter, 5' x 2' x 2' and everything has been fine until recentley when the leaves started to keal over, I went to check the roots aznd they had all been eated away from the bottom up to nearley the top. Can anyone help please and let me know what has happened and how to stop it happening to the next lot I plant out?
Name: Ann West
Date posted: May 06, 2011 - 04:44 pm
Message: Beetroot. There is something eating the leaves as soon as they emerge, leaving just the stalks. The row is fairly well netted though possibly mice would find a gap. There is no sign of slugs but we have tried putting pellets down. We don't think this is the problem. Any ideas? We had super beetroot last year. We have been watering.
Name: Ray Brown
Date posted: November 14, 2010 - 03:20 am
Message: Interesting site!
If cooked does beetroot freeze ok or is it best to freeze fresh ?
Comments most welcome.
Name: Dave Musson
Date posted: October 20, 2010 - 02:59 pm
Message: I boil beet then slice it and freeze it. It always tastes sweeter after freezing. I want to know the best way to store it over the winter months.
Name: s scherp
Date posted: October 14, 2010 - 11:24 pm
Message: I am growing beetroot but would like to no how to bottle it.(use for saladss)? any ideas?? thanks.
Name: Ian Buchanan
Date posted: September 24, 2010 - 06:33 am
Message: I have grown beetroot for years. But this year they have been decimated by some creature eating 75% of each beetroot beneath the soil. Any ideas please.
Name: mary beaney
Date posted: September 07, 2010 - 11:49 am
Message: My husband has grown beetroot for years but this year they are being eaten - obviously by some animal ??? - would you have any idea what this could be - field mice maybe. If so what would be a deterrent to stop my beautiful beetroot being decimated by some animal's teeth
many thanks for your knowledgeable reply reply.
Name: Mr G M Longden
Date posted: August 20, 2010 - 02:58 pm
Message: my beetroot are maturing but during the day especially when it is warm the leaves wilt/droop after watering they recover. or without water recover in the evening. there is a large tree near to them is this what is causing the problem by removing moisture from them. sincerely, g m longden