All cultivated beets are descendents of the sea beet (B. maritima), a wild seashore plant found growing along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of Europe and North Africa. The Chioggia beet is an Italian heirloom variety established circa 1840. It was named for the town in which it was first cultivated, the island fishing village of Chioggia, near the Lagoon of Venice. It is an open-pollinated variety, allowing for the potential of cross-breeding once plants have flowered or have run to seed. Beet varieties should be grown biannually and be planted at least 1-2 miles apart to avoid accidental hybridization
Beet greens contain concentrated amounts of oxalic acid. Thus, when eaten in excess, they can interfere with the body’s ability to metabolize calcium.
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 8-10 inches
Optimum Soil Ph: neutral (7.0)
Days To Maturity: 55
Sowing Method: Outdoors
Beet seeds can be planted in early spring or midsummer. Soak seeds overnight in damp towel before planting for excellent germination. Plant beet seeds 1” apart and thin weakest seedlings to desired spacing. Keep soil evenly moist to prevent beet roots from getting woody. For longer harvest, stagger beet plantings every 2-3 weeks.