Beet Seeds - Sugar Beets
- Seed Count: 100 seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 100-110 days from planting
- Type: Root Vegetable
- Root Characteristics: Large, white, and conical with high sugar content
- Growth Habit: Leafy greens on top with a large root
- Soil Preference: Prefers deep, well-drained, fertile soil
- Planting Instructions: Sow seeds ½ inch deep, spaced about 2 inches apart, in rows 12-18 inches apart
- Climate Preference: Cooler climates, but adaptable to various conditions
History: Sugar Beets have a rich history, tracing back to 18th century Europe where they were first identified for their high sugar content. Since then, they have become a major source of sugar production worldwide. Initially used for animal feed, the realization of their sugar potential significantly altered the global sugar industry.
Uses: Sugar Beets are primarily grown for sugar production, where the sugar is extracted from the root. However, they can also be used in home gardens for their sweet roots, which can be consumed raw, cooked, or pickled. The leafy greens are edible too and can be prepared similarly to spinach.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Sugar Beets require adequate space to develop their large roots. They should be planted in deep, well-drained, fertile soil to accommodate their growth. Sowing the seeds ½ inch deep and about 2 inches apart, in rows spaced 12-18 inches apart, allows sufficient room for the roots to expand. They prefer cooler climates but can adapt to various conditions. Regular watering and occasional fertilizing are essential for healthy growth. Sugar Beets are ready for harvest when they reach a size of about 2-4 inches in diameter at the root top.