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A striking Italian heirloom variety with light-red, smooth, round roots and bright pink and white alternating rings inside. Chioggia has very sweet flesh (raw or cooked), mild green leaves, and stems striped like candy canes. 65 days, OP.

How to Grow Beets

Timing: Sow outdoors late April to mid-July on the coast. Repeat every 2 to 3 weeks for a longer harvest window.

Seeding: Sow 1cm (½") deep, about 2cm (1") apart. Seeds will germinate in 5-12 days depending on soil temperature. For uniformly sized beets, thin to 5-10cm (2-4") apart when seedlings are 5cm (2") tall. Eat thinned seedlings, roots and all. Root size is controlled by spacing and variety.

Growing: Beets are moderate feeders so plant in deeply dug, fertile soil and water regularly - dry soil will increase the amount of zoning (pale rings in the beet). Mix ½ cup of complete organic fertilizer per 3m (10') of the row into the soil below the seed furrow.

Seed Specs: Canada No. 1 germination standard: 75% Usual seed life: 3 years.

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