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Characteristics: Root vegetable
Seed per packet: 25
Plant produces good yields of large 1.3 kg (3 lb) sugar beets. Roots have a sugar flavour.
Shred the beets and add to other vegetables. Also used to make molasses and wine.
Sugar beet are easy to grow with mature beets get up to 30cm (1ft) long, weigh 1.3-1.2 kg (3-5 lb) and produce an average of 3 teaspoons of sugar.
Tropical: Autumn, Winter Spring
Temperate: Winter to Mid-Autumn
Cool climate: Spring to Early Autumn
Sow: 12mm deep
For best results grow in trays of a quality seed raising mix transplant when 6cm high. Alternatively sow direct and thin to strongest plant.
Plant space: 10-12cm
Row Space: 20-25cm
Germination: 10-14 days
Maturity: 8-10 weeks
Adaptable to most good garden soils, prefers an open sunny position. Avoid deformed beets by planting them in loose soil free from stones or rocks.