Beet, Sugar (Beta vulgaris ssp vulgaris–Altissima group), packet of 100 seeds

$3.95

Family:  Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)

Biennial.  90 days to maturity.

White-rooted heirloom dating back to 1747.  Sweet type contains a significant amount of sucrose.  May be consumed fresh and grated or sliced and stir-fried or steamed like regular beets.  Leafy greens also edible and tasty.  Very good on the small farmstead, the roots may be chopped up and added to feed for goats or cows.  Stimulates milk production.  You can make your own sugar or syrup by washing the roots, cutting up and boiling, then removing roots and boiling down the water into syrup, further dehydrating into sugar if desired.   Growing beets gives a very impressive yield per square foot.  Direct seed in the spring garden by making a shallow furrow in a good seedbed, sprinkling in the seeds, barely covering, and tamp and keep moist until germination, which is rapid.  Thin to 6 inches apart.

100 seeds per packet, open pollinated, untreated, no gmos

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  1. Question

    Willow Whyte Lynch (verified owner)

    Richo, is this Sugar Beet frost hardy?
    In other words… I’m wondering if I can plant it now, in NC, zone 7, for an Autumn/early Winter harvest…? We’re still experiencing typical temperatures in the 90s now.
    Thank you so much for all of your time, attention, and very valuable herbal & gardening knowledge!

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      Richo Cech

      hi willowwhyte, in my area we plant these in the spring. they get huge that way. richo

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    moonlite21

    Would it still be a good time to get this seed planted in the Eugene area? How does the sugar beet do in clayish soil? I’m really interested in trying to make some homemade molasses this year, grown from my own garden. Thank you.

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      Richo Cech

      hi! Yes, mine are just now breaking ground, 4 days after planting. this is a quick summer grow for the roots. as for clay, the cure for clay is compost, which can be worked into the soil or banded below the row. r

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