How to Grow Beets In Paperpots (Paper Chain Pots)


Growing Beets in Paperpots

Better germination!

No hand transplanting!

Less transplant shock!

Growing beets in paper chain pots will increase your chances of having successful beet crop.

Beets are a tricky crop for most market gardeners. 

Direct seeding them is very difficult and often produces subpar results.  Given that most market gardeners transplant their beets.

But transplanting beets (the traditional way) brings its own set of problems.   The seedlings are tiny and delicate and transplanting takes a long time.

The Paperpot Transplanter solves this problem.

It allows you to germinate beet seeds in a controlled environment then quickly and easily transplant them into the field 14-28 days later.

All without bending over and less transplant shock!

Paperpot Beets

The Specifications for Paperpot Beets

ROWS PER 100’ X 30” BED4
TRAYS PER 100’ X 30” BED 3
KWIK KLIK™ TOP PLATE Plate: Paperpot (264 holes) / Thickness: 3mm / Hole Diameter: 5mm
SEED PER 100’ X 30’ BED760 seeds (+/-) *Always round up when placing seed orders to ensure having enough
RECOMMENDED CULTIVARSBoro, Chioggia, Avalanche, Red Ace
GERMINATION 48 hours at 86°F
DAYS TO TRANSPLANT 28 days (+/-) *time from seeding to transplanting in the field
DAYS TO MATURITY 50 days (+/-) *time from seeding to being ready for harvest
HARVEST WINDOW20 days (+/-) *time crop is at ideal stage for harvest after reaching maturity
TOTAL DAYS IN FIELD 42 days (+/-) *DTM + harvest window - days to transplant
HARVEST UNIT Bunch (3-4 beets per bunch, 2.5-3.5" diameter bottoms)
TARGET CROP YIELD 217 bunches (+/-)
PRICE PER UNIT $3 *depending on local market pricing
REVENUE PER BED $650 *depending on local market pricing
SEEDINGKwik Klik™ Drop Seeder, Paperpot Germination Trays, Paper Chain Pots
TRANSPLANTINGPaperpot Transplanter
TILTHINGPower Harrow or Precision Depth Roller (With no tractor: Tither)
AERATIONMeadow Creature Broadfork
SHAPINGBed Preparation Rake
CULTIVATIONWheel Hoe w/Bio-Disc Cultivator, or Flex Tine Weeder

Suggested Tools for Paperpot Beets

Bed Preparation for Paperpot Transplanting

Recommended Cultivars:

  • Space
  • Red Kitten
  • Gazelle

Days to Maturity:

  • 55 days (+/-)

Target Crop Yield:

  • 60 lb (+/-) per 100’ bed (average 3 cuttings per bed, 20 lb per cutting)

Tools Needed:

  • JP5 or JP1 (JP5 recommended)
  • Tilther or Power Harrow
  • Bed prep rake
  • Flame weeder
  • Row cover or insect netting (depending on the season)
  • Flex tine weeder
  • Quick Cut Greens Harvester (or harvest knife if preferred)

Seeding Beets in Paperpots

Prepare trays with 6” paper chain pots, and fill with potting mix. 

Install Paperpot bottom plate and specified top plate into Kwik Klik™ (KK) Drop Seeder. Pour seed onto the top plate and rotate until one seed fills each hole. 

Position the KK Drop Seeder over the tray, ensuring the holes are lined up with the cells, and click to drop the seeds. 

Water the trays, then place in germination chamber for 48 hours at 86°. 

Transfer the trays to greenhouse tables after germination. 

Depending on location conditions the time in the nursery can range from 14-28 days.

Thoroughly water trays before heading to the field for transplanting.

Using the Paperpot Transplanter, plant the four rows of beets.

There should be 6” between rows with 3” from the outer rows to the edge of the bed. Reference for instructional videos if needed.

paperpot transplanter

Transplanting Beets with the Paperpot Transplanter


Water the beds thoroughly with overhead irrigation, or four rows of drip.  

Not enough water during the warm season causes the plants to bolt and the beet roots to crack and become tough. 

Frequent shallow waterings will help maintain flavor and support rapid growth. 

10-14 days after transplanting, cultivate using a Terrateck Wheel Hoe with the bio-disc cultivator attachment. This tool will cultivate both on the row and in between rows in a single pass. Repeat  7-10 days later. 

A weekly pass with the flex tine weeder is also an effective tool for preventing weeds.  

Cultivation (Weeding)

Harvesting Beets

Baby beets are ready for harvest when the bottoms are 2.5-3.5”. 

Harvest in the kneeling position, bunching 3-4 beets together.  

Remove yellows leaves and discard any misshapen/damaged beets in the field while bunching. 

Using a sprayer over a root wash table, spray each bunch while rotating until all soil is thoroughly cleaned off. 

Transfer the washed bunches to totes, and store at 35° until taken to market.

Washing and Packing Beets

Overall Paper Chain Pots make beets a much more farmer-friendly crop.

Time savings, ease of transplanting, and high germination rates are some of the reasons why beets are one of the most popular market garden crops grown in paperpots.

Get started growing beets on your farm using a Paperpot Transplanter and download the Growers Notes below.


If you have any questions, please reach out or 877.850.1555.