ULTRA-EARLY BEET - VIA SEEDLING
During the long winter you have time to miss fresh greens and vegetables.
How to get young beet roots as early as possible?
Last season, spring in Siberia was very late, protracted. It was possible to sow beets into the ground only in early June. And in the greenhouse, she was ready for June 25 cleaning. Very significant gain in time!
So, how to get an early harvest of beets?
Through the seedlings. In mid-March or early April, I sow beets in 200-gram cups - no more than 2 seeds per cup. For sowing, I choose the early variety Detroit and hybrid F, Action.
The soil is needed loose, light, non-acidic. Acidity is a very important parameter for beets. The optimum pH range is 6,5-7. I take as a basis the soil from packages with the appropriate value and add coconut, vermiculite, vermicompost (6: 1: 1: 0,5). This improves the looseness of the soil and its composition. Glasses with good drainage holes are half filled with soil. I compact a little and water it with a solution of Fitosporin.
I make indentations on 0,5 cm, spread the seeds and fill them up to the level of the soil with a layer of vermiculite or calcined sand.
I moisturize, cover the cups with film or sand and hold at 22-23 °. As soon as shoots begin to appear, I transfer to a cool place (temperature 16-18 °) for 7-10 days. Of the shoots that appeared, I leave only one of the strongest.
In the initial period, beets are very important light. The first 3-4 days I highlight the plants around the clock with Flora lamps - they do not heat up, which allows them to be placed directly above the seedlings. After the fourth day, daylight hours last 13-14 hours. The temperature can be raised to 20 °, and when the plants grow up to 23-24 °. So you can get high-quality seedlings.
Young beet seedlings are prone to black-leg disease, so care should be taken to ensure that the watering is not excessive, the shoots are well lit and ventilated.
In the process of growing seedlings a little stretched.
I add plants to the cotyledon leaves with high-quality primer or vermiculite. If the earthen mixture for planting was of high quality, then I feed the seedlings of the entire 1 once with a weak solution of complex fertilizer (after 3 weeks from the appearance of seedlings).
Beet seedlings easily tolerate transplantation and quickly take root in a new place. Planting seedlings in a greenhouse since mid-May, if the soil is warm enough. You can do this at the same time as transplanting tomato seedlings to a permanent place. There will be enough space in the beets between the bushes.
These cultures do not interfere with each other at all. And the efficiency of use of the greenhouse area is significantly increased. By the time the tomatoes have risen and begin to shade the beet plants, I am already harvesting it.
See also: Beetroot (not to thin)
PLANTING EARLY BEET SEEDLING - VIDEO
© Posted by and. BOLKUNOVA Novosibirsk
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