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Originally from Italy, heirloom Chioggia Beets (Beta vulgaris) were first introduced to America in the late 1840s. Roots are sweet and best known for their attractive red and white concentric rings that resemble a bull’s eye. Great for fresh eating or pickling. (50 days) CERTIFIED ORGANIC. Learn about Growing Beets here.
Each packet contains approximately 100 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
This hardy vegetable prefers cooler climates and grows best in well drained, loose soil. Select a site with plenty of sun and dig down at least 10 inches to promote good root development. Sow successive crops all season long, starting 2-4 weeks before last frost in spring and continuing until a month before first frost in fall. Thin as plants develop and apply 4-8 inches of mulch to maintain moisture and limit weeds.
Begin harvest when roots reach 1 inch across (typically 55 to 70 days). Do not allow to grow larger than 3 inches or they will be tough and woody. Harvest greens before they reach 6 inches for best flavor — perfect for salads!