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Organic Beetroot (Detroit Dark Red) Seeds


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Beetroot is an unsung garden hero that can be planted year-round. They are so easy to grow and so versatile to use!  We especially love this dark red, Detroit Red Beetroot because it is both tender and the perfect all-rounder in the kitchen.

Our organic Ecoseeds Beetroot packets contain approximately 100 seeds - plenty for a small garden! 

What is Beetroot?

Beetroot was first cultivated for its leaves, rather than its edible root.   It is thought to have originated along the coasts of the Mediterranean.  The ancient Greeks call them 'teutlion' as the leaves of sea beets resembled squid tentacles.

Beetroot plant plants are suitable for a small urban garden or even a large pot.  They grow to about 30 cm high and 10-20 cm wide.  Detroit Dark Red Beetroot are a popular heirloom variety with a globe shape.  The root is a deep red colour, and the leaves are green with red veins.

Culinary Uses for Beetroot

Beets can be bottled, boiled, roasted, or grated raw into salads - Mediterranean, European and middle eastern recipe books are bursting with ideas for this root vegetable.  The red veined baby leaves of Detroit Dark Red Beetroots are delicious in salads.

Begin to harvest when your Beets reach golf-ball size, leaving some in the ground to mature.  Don't let them grow larger than a tennis ball, or they become woody. 

Growing Conditions - Beetroot 

Beetroot plants adapt to most soil types but they prefer well-drained light soil.  This vegetable plant thrives in a sunny spot. A relatively hardy plant, they will survive a little wind, a light frost, or a mild dry spell (but lack of regular water can make these crimson vegetables woody). 

Plant all year round.  Cauliflowers, Broccoli, Catnip, Garlic, Kohlrabi, Lettuce and Mint are good companion plants, but avoid planting Mustard nearby. 

Growing Instructions - Beetroot Seeds 

  • Soak seeds for 2 hours before sowing
  • Direct sow: Early spring - early autumn
  • Spacing: 10 -15 cm apart
  • Sowing depth: 1 cm
  • Germination: 10 - 15 days
  • Keep soil moist but soggy
  • Harvest: 55 days

      We offer a replacement guarantee

      To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

      What will postage cost?

      Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

      Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

      If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

      If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

      How often do you dispatch?

      To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

      How do you package your products?

      We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


      Where do you deliver to? 

      We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

      South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

      While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

      We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

      Do you deliver to post office boxes?

      Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.