Beet – Chioggia


This pre-1840 Italian heirloom beet named after a fishing town in Italy arrived in North America prior to 1865. The roots, about 5 cm (2″) in diameter, have light red skin and beautiful rings inside, like red and white candy stripes. The flesh is very tender, mild and sweet. Green leaves, which grow 25 cm (10″) tall, are a delicious spinach substitute.  Apparently, the red rings in the cross section of these beets form in time with the lunar calendar. How do they figure these things out?

Available only as seed. 1g +/-50 seeds per packet.
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Botanical name
Beta Vulgaris


9 per square foot in 3 rows of 3

Plant seeds 1 cm (½”) deep.

Does best in full sun, but can handle a bit of shade. pH 6-6.5.

Seeds will sprout in 5-12 days.

Beets are not affected by many pests. Slugs may discolour leaves. Circular lesions with a purple halo on the leaf is cercospera leaf spot. Prevent by keeping your garden free of debris.

Direct sow starting in mid-April. Cool-weather crop. Best soil temperature is 10-15°C (50-59°F) . Soak seeds for 12 hours to help speed up germination. Transplanting is not recommended since the tap root is easily disturbed and damaged.

Seeds are actually a fruit containing 3 or 4 seeds, so when seedlings are around 3 cm (1½”) tall, you must choose the strongest one as they cannot grow so closely together. Cut away the others with scissors or fingernails to avoid disturbing the root of the remaining seedling.


Cool, annual

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