A Guide on How to Grow Beetroots in Containers

For a vegetable as delicious and healthy as beetroots, this root crop is also tough.  They grow well in most soil conditions, whether out in your garden or in containers and pots.

A cool weather vegetable crop, they can be grown any time of the year provided the moisture of the soil is constant.  They are not heat-sensitive nor do they mind the cold.  However, their growth is a little slower in winter.

If you would like to grow beetroots in a container or a patio pot, make sure that you buy one that is about 25 cm to a foot deep.

Fill the bottom with stones to ensure proper drainage.  Then, loosely fill the container with rich, crumbly soil with a depth of 25cm and a diameter of about 20cm.  Gently tap the pot to help settle the soil.

After that, sow approximately six seed clusters at a depth of 2 to 2.5cm, or at the first joint of your index finger.  Cover the seeds with 2cm of compost.

Keep the soil moist and shaded during the germination period – which would be around 15 days.  If there’s a need to use mulch to keep the soil from drying out, do so.

Once the seedlings have established themselves, thin them out, leaving a space of 10cm in between plants.

Once established, thin out the seedlings to leave a 10 cm gap between plants.  Keep the soil free from weeds and water the plants well more so during dry spells.

It will take beetroots about 127 days from sowing to reach harvesting stage.

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