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Fall beet problems

FAll beet problems


I typically grow really nice spring and fall beets…but the latest round of fall beet seeds have been a total loss. Seedlings are floppy and appear to have some type of root disease…either rotted right at soil level or a deformed root below soil level. Is it too late to re-seed beets? If it appears to be a soil-borne disease should I just miss out on having beets? Seeding schedules say to plant fall seeds late July or Early August…but with the heat and potential problems, it seems like the window of opportunity for a fall garden is tight. - Jim -


  1. 7 months, 1 week ago

    Perhaps be just a bit more patient. My beets look like this as well. I think the heat and lack of rain really slowed down their development.

  2. 7 months, 1 week ago

    Brad is correct that this condition is weather related. My beets are in the same condition. Early August was quite cool, then the heat hit, all of which was good for germination but not so much for good beet development.

    It is probably too late now for a good beet crop, but if you find a variety with a short “days to harvest”, depending on the weather you might squeeze one in.

    And if misery loves company, my beets look just like yours.

    Carole Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

  3. 7 months, 1 week ago

    I pulled some of the seedlings to dedicate the space to other plants…then reseeded beets in a different area…Master Gardner hotline saw the pics and thought it may be Damping Off. I may experiment by covering my raised beds this fall to extend the season a bit…like a mini hoop house.

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