Plant Name: Beet

Sunlight(?)Full sun to partial shade (6-8 hours)
Days To Maturity(?)45-70
Planting Season(?)Spring, Fall
Temperature(?)50-65°F (10-18°C)
Seeds Or Seedlings(?)Both can be used (Buy Seeds)
Container Size(?)2-3 gallon (8-10 inch) (Buy Now)
Support Needed(?)No
Potting Soil(?)Regular Buy Now)
Watering Needs(?)Regular
Fertilizer(?)Balanced (Buy Now)
Pests(?)Aphids, leafhoppers, leaf miners, beet cyst nematode
Diseases(?)Cercospora leaf spot, Rhizoctonia & Pythium damping-off

How To Grow

  1. Container Selection: Choose a deep container with a minimum depth of 8-10 inches to accommodate beet roots. A width of 12-18 inches is also recommended to provide ample space for growth. Ensure the container has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
  2. Soil: Fill the container with well-draining potting mix or a loamy soil amended with compost. Beets prefer soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0.
  3. Variety Selection: Select beet varieties suited for container growing, such as ‘Detroit Dark Red,’ ‘Boltardy,’ or ‘Chioggia.’
  4. Location: Place the container in a location with full sun to partial shade. Beets prefer full sun but can tolerate some shade, especially in warmer climates.
  5. Planting: Sow beet seeds directly into the container, following the spacing recommendations on the seed packet. Plant the seeds at a depth of 1/2 inch and thin them to about 3-4 inches apart once they reach a few inches tall.
  6. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water beets regularly, especially during dry spells, to promote healthy root development. Avoid overwatering, as it can cause the roots to become watery.
  7. Fertilizing: Beets are moderate feeders and benefit from regular fertilization. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer or compost tea every 3-4 weeks to promote healthy growth.
  8. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the beet plants to help retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds.
  9. Pest Control: Monitor the beet plants for pests such as aphids, flea beetles, and leaf miners. Use organic pest control methods such as row covers or insecticidal soap to manage infestations.
  10. Harvesting: Harvest beets when they reach the desired size, typically 1-3 inches in diameter. Gently pull the beets from the soil, taking care not to damage the roots. Remove the tops, leaving about an inch of stem attached, and store the beets in a cool, dark place.

Check out our detailed guide to grow beet in a container.

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