(Beta vulgaris.) Produces a conical white beet that grows up to 12" long, with red stemmed, dark green tops. The leaves taste similar to Swiss Chard. White-fleshed conical roots are large and have a very high sucrose content. Roots can weigh up to 3-5 pounds. The raw sugar beet is sweet and crunchy with only a faint taste of beet. The Sugar Beet is the ultimate versatile crop, as it can be enjoyed as a sweet root vegetable, leafy greens can be harvested and consumed as well. Great for juicing, roasting, steaming, fermenting, sweet chips, or as a higher-calorie stock fodder. A hardy grower, cold tolerant and can thrive in sun or partial shade and, surprisingly for a "sweet" veggie, doesn't require a lot of water. Beets even have a high tolerance for low fertility soil. Grows quickly and disease free. Biennial. 100 days to maturity. Beets can be harvested any time after they reach a size of 1" in diameter, usually after about two months of growth. Though sugar beets can achieve a weight of 3 pounds, for best taste and tenderness, do not allow them to grow over 3" in diameter. After pulling them, twist off the tops about 1" up the stem to prevent the beets from bleeding. Up to one third of the tasty beet greens can also be harvested without damaging the plant. HOW TO GROW: *** **SOIL Temperature for Germination: 50-70F **Plant Spacing After Thinning: 5-6", **Hardiness: Zones 4-10 **Sun Requirement: Full Sun, **Days to Germination: 7-14 days under optimal conditions, **Germination Rate: 94%.
ORGANICALLY GROWN Sugar Beet Seeds, Heirloom NON-GMO, Beta vulgaris, Sweet, White, Cold Tolerant, Delicious, Great for Northern Areas, 100 days. Height At Maturity: 9-12".
Keep moist, not letting the seeds dry out between watering. **SOIL Temperature for Germination: 50-70F. Sowing Method: Direct Sow.
. Plant a full month before the last expected frost. Presoak seeds for two hours before planting to soften the hard seed coat and speed germination. Direct sow in full sun and well drained soil, placing the seeds 1/2" deep and 2-4" apart in rows 1-2' apart.
Since each beet "seed" holds up to eight actual seeds, the seedlings will need to be thinned to 4" apart. The thinned plants do well as a second crop, as transplanting them will slow their growth for about two weeks behind the original plants.
Keep the young plants watered and weeded, taking care not to bruise the tender young plants when weeding. They can survive temperatures down to 25 degrees F.