Bulk Non-GMO Heirloom Chioggia Beet Seeds
Chioggia beets are an heirloom variety of beet named after a small fishing town in Italy, where they were first cultivated all the way back in the early 19th century. Chioggia beets have a distinctive candy-cane design with red swirls that differentiates them from all other beets. While you can cook up a Chioggia like any old beet, they are much sweeter and many people actually prefer eating them raw from the garden.
Chioggia Beet Growing Season
Chioggia beets are a cold-weather vegetable and should be planted early in the spring, approximately four weeks prior to the last frost of the season. Your beet seeds should be planted in an area with loose soil high in organic matter that gets an average of six or more hours of direct sunlight a day. You should plant your beet seeds ½ inch deep and 2 inches apart to ensure there is enough space for your beets to reach their mature size.
On average it takes 54 days for a Chioggia beet to reach maturity, and you will know when your beet is ready for harvest when the plant has a 12” spread and is 8–10” tall. A Chioggia beet can also be harvested when its roots reach 1” in diameter if you want baby beets.