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Why are some of my beetroot plants coming up?

Monmouthshire, United Kingdom Gb

I've planted beetroot about 4" apart and they look incredibly healthy. Some seem to be lifting out of the soil and I'm not sure why - could it be that they are too close together? This didn't happen last year. Michele

On plant Beetroot



Doesn't sound abnormal to me. Sometimes birds try to pull them out, like onion sets. But we've had perfectly good multi-seeded beetroot growing right above the soil with only thin roots going down, which have still produced a good beet. I wouldn't worry about it as long as they are still rooted into the soil.

17 May, 2009


My beetroots always swell up above the soil level. I assume they are keen to be eaten!! You can earth them up a little if you want to.

18 May, 2009

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