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Growing Silver Beet

It's a simple vegetable to grow, working well in both containers and in the garden.

Growing Guide to Silver Beet

Silver Beet is the year-round grower (in warmer regions) that thrives in not only the heat of Summer but also the cold of Winter. It's a simple vegetable to grow, working well in both containers and in the garden. After picking a few leaves, it will regrow from the base of the plant meaning you can come back time and time again. These days we are also not restricted to just green Silver Beet, there is a range of styles and colours and it is particularly high in Vitamin K which is good for bone health. Silver Beet is also high in vitamins A, C and E; minerals such as calcium, iron and potassium; as well as folate and fibre.

How to choose the best variety for you

Silver Beet Seed Dwarf Lepricorn
Delicious bunches of nutritious dark green savoyed leaves in Dwarf, compact uniform plants.

Silver Beet Seed Fordhook Green
Delicious, nutritious, versatile greens. A traditionally popular variety with large green leaves and white stems.

Silver Beet Seed Bright Lights
Award-winning multi-coloured beet. Mild tasting, brightly multi-coloured steams. Also a nice addition to planters tubs or the flower garden.

Silver Beet Seed Perpetual
Spinach-like silver beet which is perfect raw, steamed or cooked. Also great for microgreens and mesclun salad mixes


How to sow your Silver Beet Seeds
Choose a well drained site in full sun. Sow these seeds direct into a well-prepared seedbed. Sow seeds 5cm apart, in rows 60cm apart and to a depth of 1cm.

Care for your Silver Beet Seeds
Keep seedbed evenly moist during the germination period of 14-21 days. Apply McGregor's FruitMax 2 weeks after germination for healthier plants and a maximum crop. Protect your vege garden from snails and slugs with McGregor's Snail and Slug bait and from White Butterfly with McGregor's DerrisDust.

Hints and Tips
Successive sowings provide an unlimited supply of nutritious, multi-coloured beets. Make sure Silver Beet is positioned in full sunlight. Silver Beet is highly tolerant of most soils, but a more nutritious and fertilised soil will create a well-producing plant.

23 July 2019