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Sugar Beet

Beta vulgaris 'Sugar Beet'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

35cm

Min

25cm

Flowering

This plant has no fragrance

Sugar Beet Overview

Commonly grown as a commercial crop for sucrose production. The sugar beet is similar to the familiar red-rooted garden beet, but are much larger, reaching about 1 - 1.5 kg when mature. Sheep and cattle farmers can grow sugar beets as a forage crop. Uses: Beverages. Culinary. Alternative Fuel

Common problems with Sugar Beet

Weeds should be brought under control before planting. Sugar beet plants are susceptible to Root Rot.

Sugar Beet Companion Plants

Bush Beans, Garlic, members of the Cabbage Family, Mint

How to harvest Sugar Beet

Sugar beet can be harvested by hand or mechanically. The leaves usually stay in the field where they are used as green manure. The amount of soil on the root at harvest should be limited as much as possible.

How to propagate Sugar Beet

Seed

Sowing time in spring with a minimum spacing of 2.5 cm. Sowing depth should be around 4 cm and the seed should germinate around 15 days after planting.

Special features of Sugar Beet

Crop rotation

Rotate an area out of beets for at least 3 years before planting back in the same. Normally, beets are grown in the same ground every third year, peas, beans or grain being raised the other two years.

Other uses of Sugar Beet

Beverages. Culinary. Alternative Fuel.

Medicinal

Edible

The beet is processed and turned into sugar, but the beet itself is also edible. They are often cooked before eating, or delicious raw.