Chioggia is a striking and colorful Italian heirloom beet variety that has been grown in home gardens since at least the 1840's. The beets have a light red, flattened globe-shaped root with colorful interior rings of alternating pink and white. When roots average around 5 cm (2") diameter in size, it is a good time to harvest. They have a good old fashioned sweet flavour and can be baked whole and or sliced just before serving.
Direct sow seeds as soon as soil can be worked in the spring, and again in late summer for a fall crop. Select a location that receives full sun to partial shade. Sow seeds 1-2cm (½-1”) deep, spaced 5-10cm (2-4”) apart in rows spaced 30-45cm (12-18”) apart. Keep soil evenly moist to promote germination. Seeds should sprout in 7-14 days. Thin seedlings to 10-15cm (4-6”) apart when they are 5-7cm (2-3”) tall. Beets prefer well-drained soil that is fertile and has a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer before planting and again after thinning. Beets can be harvested when the roots are about 5cm (2”) in diameter, but they will continue to grow if left in the ground. Beets typically reach maturity in 55-70 days.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil that is fertile. Soil pH: 6.0-7.5 Planting Depth: Sow seeds 1-2cm (½-1”) deep. Germination: 7-14 days. Height at Maturity: 20-30cm (8-12”) tall. Days to Maturity: 55-70 days. Watering: Keep soil evenly moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade. Spacing after Thinning: Thin seedlings to 10-15cm (4-6”) apart.