Beets

Chioggia Beet Conventional & Organic

Chioggia Beet Conventional & Organic

BT135

65 days. An Italian home garden variety with light red, slightly-flattened roots and striking interior rings of alternating bright pink and white. A feast for the eyes, the 2 inch round globes are also a sweet treat. With green tops and red stems, they are a colorful addition to dinner plates.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 30-75 seeds per gram.
  • BT135/S
  • 5 grams
  • $3.65

  • BT135/L
  • 5 grams Organic
  • $3.95

  • BT135/P
  • 1M seeds
  • $5.15

  • BT135/M
  • 1M seeds Organic
  • $5.85

  • BT135/B
  • 5M seeds
  • $8.95

  • BT135/N
  • 5M seeds Organic
  • $19.40

  • BT135C1
  • 25M seeds
  • $37.75

  • BT135G1
  • 25M seeds Organic
  • $64.75
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
50-75°F5-171/2"3-4"1"12-16"75%2 years≈ 30-75Medium


Beta vulgaris This wholesome vegetable is doubly heart-healthy. The sweet, delicious roots contain high levels of glycine betaine. This phytochemical compound fights platelet clots and plaque formation in the arteries. Along with a wealth of potassium, calcium and vitamin A, hearty beet greens are rich in fiber, which may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

Culture
• Beets perform best in fertile, evenly moist soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0
• Uniform soil moisture is essential
• Sudden changes in temperature or soil moisture will increase zoning (ring formation in the root) and lead to premature bolting
• Transplanting not recommended as it can damage the tap root

Direct Sowing
• At the bottom of the furrow band 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 5-10 row feet
• Cover seeds with sifted compost, loose soil, or vermiculite and water evenly
• Use row cover when soil temperatures are cool and to protect from pests
• Sow June—August for a fall crop

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Leaf miners, flea beetles, and leaf hoppers
Insect control: Pick off affected leaves and check for eggs—if found, spray with Neem oil
Common diseases: Scab
Disease prevention: Neutral pH (7.0), 3-4 year crop rotation, keep adequately watered
Common pests: Mice, voles, and gophers
Pest control: Traps or underground screens

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest when roots reach desired size; small roots are tender, large roots may become woody if left in the ground too long
• Leaves can be used as pot greens or in salads
• Trim tops and store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity

Fall & Winter Harvest
• Beets should be harvested before temperatures drop to the 15-20°F range
• If you are in a temperate climate, and your soil is well drained, your best location for root storage is in the garden under a protective layer of straw

KEY TO BEET DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
BLS | Bacterial Leaf Spot
C | Cercospora
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chiogga beets
Sep 17, 2014  |  By marcia
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easy to grow and the tops were lovely early on. However, the beets lost all color when cooked in my borscht, so I'll try a different variety next time.