Chioggia Beet (Beta vulgaris)
An iconic Italian heirloom also called Bassano. Slice open the fuchsia root to glimpse its bright bullseye pattern, and enjoy its mellow sweetness cooked fresh or pickled. Use this versatile beet’s green tops in lieu of spinach or chard.
- 200 seeds minimum
- Germination: 5-10 days
- Maturity: 45-55 days
- Direct sow ½” deep in full sun as soon as soil can be worked.
- Sow 12-15 seeds per foot; thin to 3" apart when seedlings are 1-2" tall. Plant rows 12" apart.
- Plant again in late summer for a fall harvest.
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We started these beets for mainly greens, but will use the tubers for all things "beet." We found an excellent germination rate of over 90%. This beet is easy to grow in our Alaskan conditions, and should do well as a spring or fall planting elsewhere. We had record temps this June (90 degrees plus) this june and the beets just exploded with growth, but I do not know how it would do in a normal hot summer situation as I do not have experience in these conditions. Moderate feeder, as well as nutrient requirements. Easy to grow. Moose love them, as would deer: so , precautions in this area are needed. Recommended...