A Brief Guide to Growing Beetroot Seeds
Many people like to grow Beetroot, it is an attractive plant to look at. It is a member of the onion family. There are two types of Beetroot, Red and Yellow. Some varieties grow on trees. If you want to grow Beetroot for eating, here are a few tips on how to get started with your new hobby.
Step One: The Garden. First you create a compost heap with any good quality garden soil. Add about half a cup of bone meal, rock salt, and some baking soda. You will be working a lot, so keep the soil moist, but not damp. Next you will need to aerate the soil, but do not over do it, just moisten it slightly.
Step Two: Seedlings. Start making a list of the different kinds of Beetroot seeds available, so you can know which varieties you need to get, and the best places to get them. You can buy seeds at most garden centers. Once you have the list, go to your local nursery or feed store, and buy enough seeds for your Beetroot plantings. Remember to save seeds that will germinate in water, as well as ones that you will germinate and allow to dry in the sun before you replant your seedlings.
If you do not eat them right away, store your Beetroot seeds in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or basement. Be careful that they are not exposed to too much light. Beetroot seeds should not be stored outdoors, where they can be eaten by animals. Different parts of the world have different growing seasons, so the time between when you buy your Beetroot seeds and when they germinate depends on which part of the world you live in.
Step Three: Sowing. Once you have saved your Beetroot seeds, you're ready to start sowing them. Most gardeners like to keep their Beetroot seeds moist until they are planted, but you don't want them to stay wet forever-so be sure to check the bag of seeds for moisture content before you start sowing them.
The main types of Beetroot used in sowing beetroot seeds are Durocimum acid (the common variety), Scutellaria laterifolia (the common purple variety), Gymnema sylvestre and Glyceria grandis. All these varieties have slightly varying leaf shape and color and some varieties have dark colored leaves. The leaves of Gymnema sylvestre vary from being shiny green to dark green in color and have a leathery texture. The leaves of Gymnema brands are double layered and can be hard to identify, unlike other varieties which have smooth, velvety leaves.
Sowing tips vary for all three varieties, depending on the region you live in. Be careful not to over-sow. Get beetroot seeds at least one month prior to seeding. Get your beetroot's only about two inches deep. Don't get any more than this depth. The deeper the roots are, the better they'll grow, and the more seeds they'll produce.
To help germinate the beetroots, use a hoe to plant them. You can also use an old-fashioned trowel to carefully pack the seeds and hoes but be sure not to compact the soil too much-just let the soil 'grow' to fill the hole. If you live in a colder area, grown beets underfoot can be a great way to add nutrients to the soil and get them started early on in your planting, before other plants can help to get going.
The main difference between the other varieties is how early they're planted. Wild garlic is usually planted just before the first frosts. The beetroot, on the other hand, is usually planted right after the last frost. They're even successful in the winter months, with crops produced year-round, so if you live in a cold climate, look into planting beets alongside other annual crops, like onions. They can survive well alongside those other crops once they get established. Once established, continue to feed them with a small amount of fertilizer each month, until they're ready to harvest.
When growing beetroot seeds, there are a few different ways to protect them from getting wasted. You can store them tightly wrapped in a cheesecloth in the refrigerator for up to a week's time, but only if you're not planning on reaping the crop that week. Another way is to leave them in a plastic garbage baggie for a day or two; the vegetables will be safe and sound inside that little container. Finally, you can put a layer of soil over your whole head of beetroot seeds but keep them well watered throughout the day so that they won't wilt.
You don't have to eat them fresh when they're packed and ready to plant. Many people boil the beets in water or add them to soups or stews for a delicious treat. Some people add them whole into their juicer for a quick and easy source of Vitamin C. The possibilities are endless! When growing beetroot seeds, make sure that you use them in their whole state. You can't eat an apple that has been sliced into quarters and then left to sit. It needs to be sliced thick and whole, with all of its innards.