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I HAVE PLANTED SEEDTAPE BEETROOT (YATES) SOME 100 DAYS AGO WITH THE FIRST HARVEST BEING VERY BITTER. WHATS THE PROBLEM PLEASE

NORTH COAST OF TASSIE THIS IS FIRST VEGGIE GARDEN , TOMATOE'S AND COS LETTUCE, BROCCOLI DOING GREAT AS ARE CARROTS. BEETROOT PLANTED FROM SEEDLINGS ARE GREAT, TAPE BEETROOT ARE IN SAME SOIL AND HAVE A TERRIBLE TASTE. ALL ARE IN RAISED BEDS LOTS OF FERTILISER,ORGANIC COMPOST, BLOOD AND BONE REGULAR WATERING

Submitted: 01:04PM, 20 Feb 2010
Answer: Dear Dennis,

It is difficult to know what has caused the bitterness in the beetroot you have planted. Beetroot is best when grown quickly and given liquid feeds of either Thrive Soluble or Aquasol. Some possible reasons for bitterness are:-

Too old when harvested. (I do note that you did harvest 100 days from sowing the tape that this was within the correct time frame.)

Ethylene present in storage eg. ripe bananas in fridge.

Hot soil conditions can also contribute to this problem.

Answered: 10:12AM, 24 Feb 2010

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