Growing Organic Chioggia Beet Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: beta vulgaris
- Other Names: Candy Cane Beet, Bullseye Beet
- Days to Maturity: 55 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3-10
- Planting Depth: 1/2"
- Plant Spacing: 1"
- Row Spacing: 12"
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: 65 to 75 degrees, ph level of 6 to 7.5
- Temp Preference: Warmer
- Light Preference: Full sun or partial shade
- Pests/diseases: Resistant to beet scab
- Color: Deep red with green leaves
- Flavor: Sweet; roasting beets can also caramelize the sugar.
Start with a light, moist soil, ideally with a PH level of 6.5 to 7. Sow the seeds half an inch deep, with three inches between plants and twelve to eighteen inches between rows. These seeds will need plenty of moisture while germinating, so keep the soil moist for the first twenty one days. These beets can thrive in conditions with full sun or partial shade. After forty to fifty two days, the beets should be ready for harvesting. Around this time, they will be between two and three inches. If you would like to keep the beets in your garden for aesthetic purposes, the leaves will turn to a darker shade of red as they continue to mature.
This heirloom beet originates from the coastal town Chioggia in Northern Italy near Venice. Tops are green with a pink striped stem while the roots are cherry red on the outside and reveal alternating rings of white and deep pink when sliced but color fades when cooked. Flavor is a little sweeter than purple beets. Approx. 1,200 seeds/oz.