Beetroot Cylindra Organic 10 x 3cm Vegetable Plug Plants
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Beetroot is one of the most popular root vegetables in the UK. This small, round tuber has an earthy and slightly bitter taste that works really well to balance out flavours mint or pepper. Beetroot are packed full of fiber, vitamin C and iron, making them ideal for those on a vegetarian or anti-inflammatory diet. Beetroots can be pickled for use in salads or grated and cooked into tartlets.
How to grow beetroot at home
Plant your beetroot in a partially shaded location that has a fertile, well-draining soil. When first introducing your plants to your garden, water them well to helo them establish themselves. You should water your plants well every two weeks. Other than that these easy to grow vegetables can be left alone until harvest.
How do you harvest beetroot?
Beetroot can be harvested from early summer to mid-autumn. Your beetroot plants are ready harvest once they have grown to about the size of a cricket ball (check this by gently lifting the root from the soil). To harvest, pull the plant out of the soil by the leaves.
How do you store beetroot?
Beetroot can be stored for long- or short-term use. To store for the short term, leave in the fridge for up to four days or just harvest as needed. To store your beetroot for longer you have a few options: first, you can boil a peeled beetroot in simmering water for 30 minutes. Drain and then freeze. Secondly you can pickle beetroot. Follow the steps above, but this time put the cooked beetroot into a sterilized jar and cover with vinegar.
What are plug plants?
Plug plants are very young plants that come ready to go in the ground. They are grown in single units in modular trays and be either seedlings or cuttings. Buying plug plants lets you fill your beds and borders easily, and in a way that is stress-free for your plant since it allows for little root disturbance.
How do you plant a plug plant?
When you first get your plant home, remove any packaging except for the pot. Place the plant in a warm and sunny space for 2-4 hours to let them recover and acclimatise. You should try to plant your plug the same day if you can. To do this, dig a hole in your desired place that is slightly larger than the root ball and soil around it and put the plug inside. Cover with the existing earth and press down lightly. Water well for the first week to help the plant establish itself and feed with an all-purpose feed after 3 weeks.
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