How to grow beets in containers

Beet is actually one of the fast-growing vegetables. Growing beets in pots is like growing any other root vegetables like radishes or carrots, there is no much difference.

Choosing the Right Pot

You can use any type of container or pot that you find best that has sufficient drainage holes. Nevertheless, clay pots are the best.

Beets can be easily grown in small pots, but you need to ensure that the pots are a minimum of eight inches deep. Ten to twelve inches deep pots are also ideal as they will encourage the roots to develop. You can choose a wilder container; this can enable you to grow more beets plant together.

Using window boxes or a large rectangular container with the minimum recommended depth is also a great option.

Best Time to Plant Beets in Containers or Pots

You can start planting the beets in the spring 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost date in your area. You can continue to sow the beet seeds every three to four weeks until the temperature starts to reach above eighty Fahrenheit (27 C).

Also, you can begin to plant the beets in the late summer and early fall (autumn) when the temperature starts to come under the range of eighty-five Fahrenheit (29 C).

Beets Planting Time in Hot Climate

Beets are a cool-weather crop, those who actually live in a warm, arid, subtropical, or tropical areas (USDA Zones 9 through12) should grow beets in late fall, winter, and early spring.

Growing Beets in a Pot

Keep in mind that Beets don’t like to be transplanted, which means seed trays has no role to play. What you need to do is to pick your desired pots and sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep. Once the seeds germinate and they have reached a significant height, you can easily select the healthiest seedlings and then thin others apart to maintain the recommended three inches distance spacing.

To speed up the beet seeds germination, you can also soak the beet seeds overnight in non-chlorinated water before planting them.

When will seedlings appear?

The seedlings will appear anytime between five to fifteen days, though it depends on the growing conditions. Until then make sure you keep the pots in a spot that is warm and that receives mild sun.

Also make sure you maintain the moisture in the soil. Once they have germinated, you can place the baby plants in the desired position, and later when the seedlings have grow up to three inches tall, you can thin them.

Best Varieties of Beet for Containers

If you actually know how to grow beets plant in containers, you can try any of the varieties. The following are the varieties you can try; Early Wonder, the Detroit Dark Red, Sweetheart and Sangria.

Requirements for Growing Beets in Containers or Pots

Position and Location: They can easily be grown in full sun to part shade, though for optimum growth, just pick a spot that really receives full sun at least six hours of sunlight. Try and make sure that the spot you place the containers has good air circulation.

Soil Requirement: One of the best soils for growing beets in a pot is soil that is loamy, penetrable, and that promotes the development of large roots. The soil should be rich in nutrients. You can easily add compost and other organic matter to improve the soil. Make sure you avoid adding gravels or stones in the bottom layer when growing the beets.

If you’re not using a commercial soil mix to grow the beets you can prepare your own by adding one part garden soil, one part compost or well-rotted manure, and one part perlite.

If you want to actually make a soilless mix, just add one part peat moss or coco peat, one part compost or well-rotted manure, and one part perlite, vermiculite, or sand. You can also add a slow-release fertilizer that is really low in nitrogen at the time of mixing the soil.

Watering Requirement: Water regularly and evenly if you don’t want hard and sinewy beetroots. Ensure you keep the soil slightly moist all the time. Make sure you don’t let the soil dry out completely during the growing process and also avoid overwatering.

Spacing: You need to maintain the three inches distance between each of the plant from all directions in other to grow the beets successfully in the pots. You can grow each of the beet plant two inches apart if you’re growing it for tasty beet greens, although this will hamper the growth of the beetroots. A twelve inches wide rectangular pot can support around four to five beet plants.

Temperature Requirement: You have to know that the optimum temperature for growing beets plant in containers require a temperature around fifty Fahrenheit to eight-five Fahrenheit, although it can be grown in temperature as low as forty Fahrenheit and as high as ninety Fahrenheit with some difficulty.

How to Care For Beet in Containers

Fertilizer Requirement:  Actually it is really a good idea to use either compost or time-based (slow-release) fertilizer. This plant is a root vegetable and you may like to increase the plant root development. Make sure you use a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen but also high in phosphorous and potassium, an example is a formula of NPK 5-10-10.

Once the beetroot plants growing in pots is about three to four weeks old and they are doing well, you can easily switch to a water-soluble fertilizer. If you don’t actually want to add a slow-release fertilizer, you can apply liquid fertilizer as early as two weeks with the same 5-10-10 formula. By peradventure if you see a Nitrogen deficiency in the soil, you can use the complete fertilizer like 20-20-20.

If you want to grow the beets plant organically, you can side-dress the plants with manure or compost, and then feed the beet plants with compost tea every other week. The plant usually suffer from boron deficiency, you can simply add seaweed (which is an excellent source of boron) fertilizer in the compost tea for optimum growth.

Pests and Diseases Control: If you are growing beets in pots, you don’t actually have to worry much about diseases and pests. One of the ways to avoid these problems is by avoiding overhead watering. The common culprits are scab and root rot. Leaf miners and some common pests like aphids can also affect the foliage growth, but you can easily control these pests by early measures.

Harvesting Beets: Beets plant on the average, require anywhere from six to nine weeks to get ready for harvest after germination. You can also harvest the beet greens to be used in salads. The tender leaves of this plant taste so delicious. You can start harvesting the greens when the leaves are a few inches long by cutting the outer leaves only and then leaving the small inner foliage to grow, which you can harvest later after sometime.

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