Germination is always tricky with beetroot, the soil and air temperatures have to be just right, and conditions not too damp. You need a crystal ball! I always sow under a cliche, to keep them warm and dry. However, you really can't predict how they will do. So this beetroot is from the first sowing, which has produced really good roots. The second sowing has produced nothing but leaves. No idea why, the weather was warmer! I grow egyptian flat/turnip rooted, they do best for me.