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Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris

Common Name(s): Beet; sugarbeet; mangle
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Growth Habit: Func. Annual/Biennial
Growing Days: 60 to 80 (days)
Abs.Max=95° (F)    Opt.Max=77° (F)
Opt.Min=59° (F)    Abs.Min=39° (F)
Precipitation: 24 to 31 (in.)
Winter Minimum: 23° (F)
Soil pH: 6 to 7.5
Soil Texture/Type: Deep loam, high organic matter
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day
Light Intensity: Bright-Lt shade
Highest sugar production in areas with 19-22 C average temperature. Not good on clays. Require a cool climate. Withstands mild frost.
Pythium, Phytothora, Cercospora, Rhizoctonia, Powdery Mildew, Rust
Food - sugar, Additive - coloring, Animal Food - fodder, Poison - mammals, Food - vegetable


Geographical Origin:
Only cultivated
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