The best time for a generous beet harvest in 2024: when to sow seeds

By Andrii MaistrenkoJun 16, 2024 08:30 AMGarden
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The best time for a generous beet harvest in 2024
The best time for a generous beet harvest in 2024. Source: www.fwi.co.uk

Beetroot is a versatile vegetable that grows well when sown directly into the ground. However, for a successful harvest, it's important to choose the right time to start sowing. SSPDaily reported that in 2024, it's recommended to start sowing beets no earlier than April, when the weather is warm enough.

The choice of beet varieties suitable for April planting mainly depends on their resistance to cold and frost. It's advisable to opt for early-ripening varieties with a ripening period of 50 to 80 days. Here are some great options for planting in April:

  • Bravo: this variety is known for its disease resistance and requires minimal maintenance.
  • Red Ball: with a ripening period of 80-90 days.
  • Bordeaux 237: this productive variety is both robust and unpretentious.
  • Renova
  • Egyptian flat

When considering when to plant beets, it's important to look at the average daily temperature. Ideally, it should be around 15 degrees Celsius, while the soil temperature should not fall below +10 degrees Celsius. Additionally, consulting the lunar calendar to determine the best sowing dates is useful, as it's generally recommended to plant root crops during the waning phase of the moon.

According to the lunar calendar, the following dates are favorable for planting beets in April: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 28, and 30. Conversely, it's advisable to avoid planting during the new moon (April 12) and full moon (April 27), as these periods are considered unfavorable.

Although direct sowing into the soil is the most common method, growing beets through seedlings is also an effective option. For this purpose, the seeds should be sown about a month before the intended planting in open ground. The distance between the rows should be 5 cm, the depth of planting should be 2-3 cm, and the distance between individual seeds should be 2 cm.

Using seedlings ensures a quick harvest, about 20-25 days earlier than with traditional sowing in the ground. Additionally, there's no need to thin out weaker sprouts, which ultimately increases the overall yield. Transplant the seedlings outdoors when they have two to three strong leaves.

Proper seed preparation has a significant impact on successful growth. While some seeds can be pre-treated, many gardeners prefer to do the preparation themselves. Start by soaking a handful of seeds in clean water for a few days.

Then, soak them in a growth stimulant solution to increase their nutrient intake. After two days, spread the seeds in a single layer on damp gauze and keep them in a warm place for another two days. This method of preparation contributes to the rapid emergence of seedlings, which usually appear within a week after planting.

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