Also known as
Beet, Mangel, Mangel wurzel, Mangold, Sugar beet, Sea beet, Spinach beet
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A small genus of less than 10 annual, biennial or perennial species with thick fleshy roots. It includes the widely cultivated food, the common beet, Beta vulgaris. Flowers grow in long inflorescences and aren't very showy, producing discrete green flowers. Growing best in hot, dry conditions this genus evolved from grassland and coastline regions of the Mediterranean and Europe.
Common problems with Beetroot
How to propagate Beetroot
Sow seeds in spring.
Other uses of Beetroot
Grown for root vegetables.
Edible to Sow Under Cover in May
Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.
Edibles to Plant Out in June
Young plants started off indoors can now be planted out.