Seeds for Growing Huge Sugar Beets
Sugar is a carbohydrate that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables. Of all known plants, sugar is most highly concentrated in sugar beets and sugar cane. The sucrose (sugar) from sugar beets and sugar cane is identical, and the same as the sucrose found in fruits and vegetables.
Seeding Rate: Broadcast -> 8-10 lbs/acre. Drilled -> 3-4 lbs/acre.
A soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0
Wait until soil reaches 50°F before planting.
Plant seeds ½ inch deep and 1-2 inches apart.
Make sure soil remains moist for germination.
Winter crop in Zone 9 and above.
Sugar beets are similar to the familiar red-rooted garden beet, but are much larger, reaching about 2 to 4 pounds when mature. They tend to have shiny, white roots, and as you might guess, a high sugar content, containing 13 to 22 percent sucrose.