Beta vulgaris 'Chioggia'
Also known as
Table Beet 'Chioggia', Garden Beet 'Chioggia', Red Beet 'Chioggia', Dinner Beet 'Chioggia', Golden Beet 'Chioggia'
6 months to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
Beetroot 'Chioggia' Overview
Beta vulgaris 'Chioggia' commonly known as Beetroot 'Chioggia' in the UK, Beets 'Chioggia' in the USA and Ringbeet 'Chioggis' in ZA is probably the most attractive and interesting beet once cut open or in slices. Sometimes call the Candy Stripe Beet, this heirloom cultivar's bulbs have red with white concentric rings. An easy to grow vegetable, its young leaves can be cropped for salads throughout the year. It prefers cooler growing conditions making it an ideal spring and autumn crop, or even during the winter in mild-climate areas. Hot weather will encourage your crop to develop woody unappetising skins and stringy leaves. If you want to save seeds to grow Chioggia beets the following year, make sure your beets aren’t flowering as the same time as another beet varieties - they can cross pollinate and the trait will be lost in following generations!
Common problems with Beetroot 'Chioggia'
Chioggia has proven more resistant to beet scab, but keep beets well irrigated to prevent stress. Mice and moles can affect the root.
Beetroot 'Chioggia' Companion Plants
Lettuce, beans, brassicas, onions, garlic
How to harvest Beetroot 'Chioggia'
Beets are ready to be harvest within 8-10 weeks of sowing. For early cropping, wait until the bulb is at least 5 cm in diameter. The best time to harvest is when the shoulders appear above soil level.
How to propagate Beetroot 'Chioggia'
Soak seed in warm water for half an hour before sowing. Direct sow 2.5cm (2") deep, every 3 - 4 weeks from early spring until autumn. This can be either in small clusters of two or three seeds every 10cm (4") or singularly every 5 cm (2"). apart in rows 30 cm (12"). Germination should be between 8 - 18 days When the seedlings are roughly 2.5cm (1") high they can be thinned to one every 10cm (4") - use seedlings in salads.
Special features of Beetroot 'Chioggia'
Choose containers that are at least 20 cm in diameter and equally deep. Seeds should be thinly sown, 2 cm deep.
Heavy Feeder - Follow on from Potatoes, Include with other root crops, legumes and onions in a three cycle or with only onions and roots in a four year cycle.
Can be grown for micro/salad greens in windowsill trays over winter.
Other uses of Beetroot 'Chioggia'
Beetroot is used as a source of Betanin, a red food colourant used throughout the food industry. Betanin is not broken down by the body and consuming excessive amounts can temporally colour urine or stools, giving then a red tint.
Bulbs can be roasted, boiled or eaten raw. It has been included in many cultures diets in a wide variety of dishes.
Beetroot juice is thought to reduce blood pressure