Growing beets from beets is easy, fun, and rewarding. They come in different shapes and colors and are grown from either top or root.
The maturity of beets varies depending on the type of soil, climate, and efforts put in. The most suitable soil must be loose and very well-drained.
Beets are classified as superfoods, and their leaves are an excellent source of fiber. They are also a source of vitamin A and antioxidants.
Beets thrive in climates characterized by temperatures where days are warm and nights are cold. However, sunny areas produce the highest quality of the plant. These can be grown using the beet tops as well as the roots.
How To Grow Beets From Tops
Beets provide edible leaves and roots, and to grow beets from tops has been practices for centuries. Sourcing for a healthy top is a must. Here is a step by step procedure to grow beets from tops:
Step 1: Preparing The Area
Start by preparing the garden by loosening the soil. Ensure all the weeds, debris, and stones are removed. Half spade depth tilling works wonders to loosen the soil Water the garden if you do not use rainwater.
Step 2: Prepare The Beet Top
Prepare freshly cut beet tops by trimming the leaves but avoid tampering with the bud. Ensure the stem length is 1 inch (2.54 cm) on average. Choose the healthy tops for better yield. These can be gotten from the local grocery or beet farmer.
Step 3: Resizing The Beet Crown
Trim the beet top and leave 1 inch of the actual root. This ensures there is enough allowance above the soil once planted. A root should be strong enough. If the top is too young, it might rot or produce an unhealthy plant.
Step 4: Planting The Beet Top
Planting should be the easiest part. Make half an inch hole ready for planting. Depending on the type of soil, you might consider adding some manure.
Place the cut top in the hole and spread soil on top, leaving an average of one inch above the ground. Water moderately if the soil is dry and wait for the beet to sprout in a few days.
During planting beetroots, spacing is essential. Enough space ensures the plants do not compete for nutrients and water, and the beetroot needs ample room to develop. However, lack of ample space should not discourage you.
- The standard spacing is 1 inch (2.54 cm) between the plants.
- The depth should be 0.5 inches (1.27 cm).
- For better weeding or tilling, the ideal space between the rows is between 12 and 15 inches (38.1 centimeters).
How To Grow Beets From Beet Roots
Growing beets from beetroots is fuss-free and fun. Whether the end products are for sale or home consumption, the process is straightforward. However, proper check for infections is required before planting.
Here are steps to follow to grow beet from beetroots:
Step 1: Garden Preparation:
Prepare the garden by ensuring there are no weeds, debris, and the soil is loose enough and well aerated. The soil should be loosed 0.5 feet (15.24 cm) deep. This gives the beetroot bulbs room to expand as they grow.
Step 2: Getting The Right Breed:
Select healthy beetroots from the local supplier. This ensures minimal pesticides are used from planting to harvesting. The beets should come with complete tops. Do not accept tops with missing buds.
Step 3: Preparing Beet Top:
Prepare the beets by trimming the leaves or greens off (these can be used for cooking to avoid any waste). Remove beetroot top and leave 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) of the stalk.
Step 4: Planting And Spacing:
Like any other plant and vegetables, in particular, spacing during planting is essential.
The spacing should be:
- 1 inch (2.54 cm) between the plants
- 2 to 15 inches (38.1 cm) between the rows
The depth should be half an inch for the bulbs to grow and develop under the soil.
Step 5: Watering Beet Tops:
For dry soils, watering after planting is recommended. Monitor the moisture and water when the soil is drying up.
Useful Tips For Growing Beets From Beets
Weeds And Pest Control
Whether growing beets from beet tops or beetroots, the garden needs to be sprayed with herbicides and pesticides. Herbicides will control some common weeds.
Pesticides will, on the other hand, control common pests that attack beetroots. Both reduce the possibility of weeds and pests and usually last the entire crop season.
Patience Is Required
Depending on the beetroot variety, it takes between 50 and 70 days to reach maturity. Harvesting can be done when the root size is that of a golf ball. However, young roots are ideal for salads but waiting for them to fully mature means better yields.
When ready for harvesting, watering is recommended since it makes the soil soft for pulling when harvesting. To ensure they are damaged, pull the leaves and top firmly in a vertical movement. A gardening fork may be used to dig out the beetroots.
Only the undamaged roots need to be stored. Nay damaged root needs to be separated from the good ones. This helps avoid bleeding, which affects the taste and color of the harvested vegetables. Before storing, beetroots are graded by size. This helps them stay fresh longer.
Whether you are growing beets from beet tops or roots, there is no shortcut.
Soil type might affect the quality of mature beetroots, but working with a beetroot expert can improve the yields, especially for the first time farmer.
Moreover, beets are not labor-intensive and can be grown in pots, a small kitchen garden in the backyard, or large farms. Happy Gardening!