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Beta spp.

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Also known as

Beet, Mangel, Mangel wurzel, Mangold, Sugar beet, Sea beet, Spinach beet

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Beetroot Overview

A small genus of less than 10 annual, biennial or perennial species with thick fleshy roots. It includes the widely cultivated food, the common beet, Beta vulgaris. Flowers grow in long inflorescences and aren't very showy, producing discrete green flowers. Growing best in hot, dry conditions this genus evolved from grassland and coastline regions of the Mediterranean and Europe.

Common problems with Beetroot

How to propagate Beetroot


Sow seeds in spring.

Other uses of Beetroot

Grown for root vegetables.

Edible to Sow Under Cover in May

Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.

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