Chioggia Beet Seeds 1250. Heirloom Vegetable.
Approx. 125 seeds/pkt (60 seeds/gram)
An Italian home garden variety grown since at least the 1840’s that has a light red, flattened globe-shaped root with striking interior rings of alternating pink/white. Green tops and red stems are eye catching colourful additions in salads and the 5 cm (2″) diameter roots have a delicious “old country” taste when cooked. Higher levels of geosmin (earthy flavour) account for its popularity with beet purists.
This product is part of the Colourful Veggie Collection and the Gourmet Beet Seeds Collection.
How to Grow
Beets thrive in sandy loam with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. Remember to fertilize. For continual harvest, sow seeds 1.2 cm (1/2″) deep and 2.5 cm (1″) apart in two week intervals beginning when the soil has warmed to 7 C (45 F) and avoid sowing after mid July. As each beet ‘seed’ is actually a corky fruit with 2 to 5 seeds contained within, it is important to thin the young seedlings to 7–10 cm (3–4″) apart to provide enough room for proper root formation. Use plants that are thinned as a source of tender, edible greens. Over-watering or excessive rainfall may lead to excessive leaf growth and pale or small roots. One packet sows approximately 6 m (20’) of row.