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Sugar Beet Seeds

Beta vulgaris

5.00 (1 reviews)
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow sugar beet seeds outside 4 weeks before the last expected frost. Soften the seeds by soaking them in water for 2 hours, then plant in full sun and well drained soil. Sow them 1" deep and 1" apart in rows 1-2' apart. Tamp down the earth above the seeds to ensure good contact with the soil, and germination should take place in 5-15 days. Add compost or other organic matter for healthy growth. For companion planting benefits, plant beets with bush beans, onions, or members of the cabbage family; avoid planting them near pole beans.

Growing: Since each beet "seed" holds up to 8 actual seeds, the seedlings will need to be thinned to 3" apart. The uprooted plants do well as a second crop, as transplanting them will set them about 2 weeks behind the original plants. Take care not to bruise the seedlings when weeding. They love cool weather, and can survive temperatures down to 25F.

Harvesting: Sugar Beets are best suited for making sugar, but the beets and tops are edible if harvested when small. They can be somewhat tough and fibrous, so are better eaten if they are grated or cooked. It has a very sweet flavor, but some people find it unpleasantly sweet.

Seed Saving: Since beets are wind pollinated, be sure to separate them from other varieties of chard and beet by at least two miles to preserve genetic purity. Beet plants must weather the winter in order to produce seed. In warmer climates, simply mulch the plants. In cooler climates, dig up the roots and store them in sand, without the roots touching each other, in a cool and humid location - plant them again in early spring. The plants will soon go to seed in the spring; wait until the seed heads are fully grown and dry before removing them. The seeds will readily come off the stems after they are completely dry. Store the seed in a cool, dry place for up to five years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Beta vulgaris

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 3,000

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 14 Inches

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 1 reviews
Sugar Beet Seeds 5.0

Review By Susan N

Vigorous Plants, Easy to Grow

These beets were easy to grow (nearly 100% germination) and the boiled greens were a great hit with my entire family. They seem to need less water than the Detroit reds, which is wonderful as we are currently going through a drought. We grew our beets in containers as we don't have much of a yard, but they still grew very well and achieved full size. Used no pesticides other than a bit of iron phosphate pellets to keep the snails away. The boiled greens were delicious. The roasted roots were REALLY sweet, much sweeter than I expected. Raccoons dug up the first batch when the roots were about 2 inches thick and ate them all, but the second crop made it cuz we put metal stakes in the pots to make it hard for them to dig. I highly recommend these seeds.

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As the name suggests, Sugar Beets have a very high sugar content! Try your hand at making sugar, or simply enjoy the sweet root and tasty greens of this beet (Beta vulgaris). Roots are white and tapered, weighing up to three pounds. Popular for feeding livestock and deer. Matures in 90 days.
In the mid 18th century, a German chemist by the name of Andreas Margraff found that the chemical composition of Beta vulgaris included sucrose similar to that of sugar cane. Sugar cane provided the only source for sugar at that time; consequently, the prices of sugar rose very high because of the necessity of importing it from foreign countries. Franz Karl Achard, one of Margraff's students, continued the research and brought sugar beet seeds into production for a source of sugar. For his pioneering efforts, he is called the father of the sugar beet industry. When the supply of sugar cane was lost because of war time, Napoleon declared that sugar beet seeds be grown in large amounts to provide sugar. This established commercial use of the sugar beet, and eventually it grew in almost every country.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow sugar beet seeds outside 4 weeks before the last expected frost. Soften the seeds by soaking them in water for 2 hours, then plant in full sun and well drained soil. Sow them 1" deep and 1" apart in rows 1-2' apart. Tamp down the earth above the seeds to ensure good contact with the soil, and germination should take place in 5-15 days. Add compost or other organic matter for healthy growth. For companion planting benefits, plant beets with bush beans, onions, or members of the cabbage family; avoid planting them near pole beans.

Growing: Since each beet "seed" holds up to 8 actual seeds, the seedlings will need to be thinned to 3" apart. The uprooted plants do well as a second crop, as transplanting them will set them about 2 weeks behind the original plants. Take care not to bruise the seedlings when weeding. They love cool weather, and can survive temperatures down to 25F.

Harvesting: Sugar Beets are best suited for making sugar, but the beets and tops are edible if harvested when small. They can be somewhat tough and fibrous, so are better eaten if they are grated or cooked. It has a very sweet flavor, but some people find it unpleasantly sweet.

Seed Saving: Since beets are wind pollinated, be sure to separate them from other varieties of chard and beet by at least two miles to preserve genetic purity. Beet plants must weather the winter in order to produce seed. In warmer climates, simply mulch the plants. In cooler climates, dig up the roots and store them in sand, without the roots touching each other, in a cool and humid location - plant them again in early spring. The plants will soon go to seed in the spring; wait until the seed heads are fully grown and dry before removing them. The seeds will readily come off the stems after they are completely dry. Store the seed in a cool, dry place for up to five years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Beta vulgaris

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 3,000

Planting Method: Direct Sow

Height: 14 Inches

Reviews

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 1 reviews
Sugar Beet Seeds 5.0

Review By Susan N

Vigorous Plants, Easy to Grow

These beets were easy to grow (nearly 100% germination) and the boiled greens were a great hit with my entire family. They seem to need less water than the Detroit reds, which is wonderful as we are currently going through a drought. We grew our beets in containers as we don't have much of a yard, but they still grew very well and achieved full size. Used no pesticides other than a bit of iron phosphate pellets to keep the snails away. The boiled greens were delicious. The roasted roots were REALLY sweet, much sweeter than I expected. Raccoons dug up the first batch when the roots were about 2 inches thick and ate them all, but the second crop made it cuz we put metal stakes in the pots to make it hard for them to dig. I highly recommend these seeds.

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