An Italian heirloom variety, the Chioggia beet is beautiful with a great sweet flavor. It’s sliced roots reveal a gorgeous bulls-eye pattern of alternating white and pinkish-red rings. Like all beets, this root crop can be planted year-round in many Southern California gardens.
Beet, Chioggia ORGANIC
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An Italian heirloom variety, the Chioggia beet is beautiful with a great sweet flavor. Like all beets, this root crop can be planted year-round in many Southern California gardens making it a garden essential. Use this beet fresh in salads to show off its unique and beautiful spiral colored flesh. You can also pickle, roast, and sauté them.
Suggested Planting Requirements: Beets are cool-season crops that enjoy cooler temperatures and even moisture. For Southern California, the best beet growing season is from about October to May, but many coastal climates can grow beets year-round. Use shade cloth to extend your growing seasons. The ideal soil is loose, sandy, and well-draining. For those wanting to grow in-ground, we suggest you amend heavily with compost, leaf mold, and other amendments to help loosen up the soil and give it a healthy soil structure. If this is not possible, beets are excellent container plants. Fill containers with loose potting soil. Consistent watering is essential for good established roots systems. Direct sowing is typically recommended. However, on our farm, we transplant out our beets for the best spacing and water conservation.
Growing Recommendations: Beets can be grown year-round in moderate temperatures. Warmer areas can utilize part shade or shade cloth for year-round growth. Thinning is important to allow for proper spacing of any root crop. Thin your seedlings at least 3″ apart for best growth. Root crops that are left to compete with one another will be stunted in growth. Thin by pulling out weaker seedlings.
Harvesting & Storing: Harvesting can start as soon as the desired size is reached. You can also enjoy the beet greens in soups, salads, stir-fries, and more. The best flavor is when the beet is about 3″.
|Days to Germination:||5-10|
|Days to Maturity:||45-55+|
|Height at Maturity:||6″|
|Lighting Requirements:||Part Shade to Full Sun|
Package Weight: 3 grams
Approximate seed count per pack: 250
Sows about a 20′ bed (this takes into account thinning)
|Dimensions||5.00 × 0.10 × 3.00 in|
Packet, 10 grams