Steps on How to Grow Beetroot Seeds
Beetroot seeds are an unusual looking herb. They are round and about an inch long. In addition they have a pea-sized, dark purple flesh. When you look closely at the beetroot flower it has two large leaves in the middle and one large leaf on each of the two outer leaves. Each flower has a stamen (the bulbous portion) that blooms in late summer through early fall. All of the parts of the plant are edible.
If you grow your own beetroot you should be sure to sow them properly. While sowing, keep in mind that the position in which they are sown is important. This can affect the growth pattern as well as the yield. There are three methods for sowing beetroot seeds.
The first method uses good soil to assist the germination of the seeds. Water the seeds thoroughly but not excessively so that they get wet. They may need watering several times during the first 12 weeks. They will produce normal berries when planted in full sunlight. Continue to do the watering until they are about 1 foot tall then stop.
The second method of sowing beetroot seeds is called wicking. It does not use good soil so the germination is delayed. You can put the seeds in a plastic bag. Cover the seeds tightly then allow them to soak up as much sun as possible during the day then slowly remove them from the sun at night.
The third method of sowing is called light shower or trickle harvesting. You do not use any type of special gear but simply water the beetroot seeds when they begin to swell. As the plant swells put them in a shallow dish of water. You should repeat this every two days until the plants start to form a canopy of green foliage.
The fourth method of harvesting beetroot is called wick harvesting. This method is used if the beetroot is farmed in the garden. It works best if the upper most leaves of the beetroot plant are harvested.
Then using a garden hose, spray the remaining leaves and lower leaf surfaces of the plant using a light mist. Using a light mist helps moisture to get into the soil where it is needed and also keeps the plant healthy. This is a slow method of growing seed potatoes so it takes about a year to fully mature. The good news is that your plants will grow strong and healthy looking through the process.
Finally for best results, be sure to place a cover of dirt under the plant. This should be a soft layer of dirt that retains moisture and does not allow large root structures to come into contact with the soil. Then water well after the first rains. Continue to water the growing mix throughout the growing season. Remember to replant as often as necessary.
Beets normally settle down after flowering and maturing, so dig a hole a few inches larger than the beetroot seeds and leave them in the hole. They will settle into the holes over time. When you replant the plants, make sure they are positioned over a good drainage hole. Be careful not to move the beets around when replanting them. It is possible they could end up sticking to the new hole and making the hole even worse.
To get the best results from growing beetroot seeds, select those that are high in beta carotene and provide high amounts of dietary fiber. Beta carotene is one of the reasons that carrots turn pink in color when they are cooked. Other good choices are red beets and red pepper flakes. You can buy these organic vegetable seeds at most health food stores. Just remember that these products do not have as much vitamin A in them as do the flaxseed versions.
Your next step in growing beetroot seeds is to create a growing mix. This growing mix can be made from either compost or liquid fertilizer. To make a growing mix that will work, add equal amounts of each to your compost or liquid fertilizer. Then apply your growing mix evenly to the entire surface of your garden soil. Cover the growing mix with some more of your organic garden soil.
The final step in growing beetroot seeds is to choose which variety you want to harvest. There are many different varieties of beetroot available, including but not limited to the red, purple and green varieties. When choosing the varieties to plant, pick the ones that are known for having high quality yields. These varieties include the sharper edge carrot, the kidney bean, the seedless grape, the pearl black, and the yellow orange varieties. Growers prefer to use varieties that have high-quality starches because starches help to improve the quality of their produce.