Farming Guide

How to grow beetroot in Uganda

or you're just a farming enthusiast wishing to try out Beets planting in your backyard and are now online for tips on how to plant Beetroot in Africa? 

Planning to start Beetroot agribusiness project in Uganda? or you’re just a farming enthusiast wishing to try out Beets planting in your backyard and are now online for tips on how to plant Beetroot in Africa?

…Or you’re just searching Online to shop/buy beetroots in Uganda…?!

Well, if this describes you or your need , then take sometime to read this Uganda farming guide on how your can successfully grow and profit from Beetroot in Africa.

Beetroot in Uganda

Beetroot is an offspring of wild sea beet, a plant with origins through the coasts of Europe, Africa and India. For centuries, the prized parts of beet root were its leaves and roots. Beets have a texture similar to carrots and turnips. They are dense, fibrous making them difficult to chew.

Popular in Roman times, beets were used to treat fever, constipation, wounds, skin problems and to improve libido.

So, why is Beetroot/Beets so popular today?

Studies have shown that drinking beetroot juice increases blood flow to the brain in older people, which may be able to fight the progression of dementia.

Can help improve performance during strenous excersizes

Beetroot also has properties that will help reduce inflamation in the body.

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Beetroot has a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress.

Beetroot contains nutrients in its deep crimson color that prevent Cancer

Beetroots are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

The betalin pigments in beetroot support your body’s to brake down toxins which purifies your blood and liver.

The Down side of Beetroot to watch out for

Beetroot can turn your urine pink, which can be mistaken for blood in the urine.

Beetroot contains oxalates, which prevent calcium from being absorbed by your body allowing it to build up as stones in the kidney.

Common Beetroot varieties in Uganda

Beetroot there are three major types of beet root grown, the Red table beet- it produces edible greens in 35 days then a cylindrical root a month later.

White, orange and golden beet- these are praised for their mild nutty flavor. They are best for roasting with other vegetables, there storage beets- these exhibit along shelf life.

There also the mangel beets- often referred to as forage beets, they grow huge roots which can be used as livestock fodder.

Soil requirements for Beets to grow

Like all bulb crops, beets do well in well drained, fertile soils which are rich in organic matter.

Beets do thrive well at a pH range between 5.8-6.5.

Beetroot Seedlings in Uganda

How to propagate Beetroot in Africa

To grow beetroot you will need to plant seeds; seeds germinate in 5-10 days when given appropriate germination conditions.

How to plant Beetroot in Uganda

Beet seeds are tricky to germinate because of a hard seed covering. So, soak the seeds in warm water for a few hours before sowing them to increase the chances of germination.

Make a 2cm deep trench and drop in 2 seeds every 10 cm. or if you are doing succession planting, sow beet root every 14 days for continuous harvest.

Cover with soil and gently affirm.

Water the planted seeds until the leaves begin to sprout.

Mulch the crops with a layer of organic mulch to help retain soil moisture.

Beets require an ample amount of phosphorus to produce large health roots.

Watch out for occasional pests like the leaf miners, flea beetle and leaf hoppers.

How to Harvest Beetroot

Depending on the variety, beetroot is usually ready for harvest after 90 days from sowing.

The root size is as big as the tennis or golf ball.

To harvest a beetroot plant; gently hold the top and lift while levering under the root with a hard fork Twist the top to remove the foliage part; this prevents the plants from bleeding their juice.

Quick Tips for Growing beetroot in Uganda

    • On a well prepared land, open up holes 2 cm deep in arow.
    • Sow 2 seeds every 10 cm and a space of 2-4 inches between rows.
    • Gently cover the seeds with soil and then firm.
    • Water to provide moisture needed for proper seed germination.
    • A layer of organic mulch can help retain moisture and suffocate weeds.
    • Boost phosphorus levels by adding inorganic phosphate fertilizers prior to planting.
    • Harvest the roots according to the variety you planted.
Beetroots in Uganda


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