When Should You Plant Beetroots?

Timing is everything – this saying is applicable in most things in life and also in planting beetroots.  Knowing when or when not to plant is important if you want your beets to survive and thrive.

Beetroot is a biennial plant that can be grown as an annual.  It is a native of Southern Europe and is characterized by a dense, goosefoot-shape leaves with bright red veins, stalks and roots.

They are not very sensitive – they can grow in almost all climatic conditions.  They thrive either in partial shade or in full sun.  However, the quality of beets does deteriorate when they are cultivated in extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures.

When should you sow beetroot seeds?

Sowing should be done when all possible frost episodes have already passed.  Planting in the middle of April is just about the right time.  To avoid glut, you can plant in small batches until the middle of July.

If you are located in a temperate climate, you can plant from late winter to mid-autumn.  If you are luckier and you live in an area with a moderately warm climate, you can sow beet seeds all throughout the year.  In hot areas, beets should be planted from February to September.

The preferred temperature for ideal seed germination is from 50° to 85.°

One other thing to remember is, they do not transplant well so it’s ideal to seed them directly to their permanent home.

It will take beets 75 to 90 days in the summer to mature and 105 or longer to completely grow during winter.